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Sigma Phi Epsilon 

FALL 2012 

SigEp Servicemen 

Brothers serve our 

country and protec 
our freedom 

page 22 

Brother turns to social media to help cure cysti 

Mammal researcher breaks ground in South America! page 41 

From the Grand President 

Half-way to Conclave 

Bert Harris III, Florida 74, 
received his bachelor's 
and master's degrees from 
the University of Florida, 
and he completed a J.D. 
at Florida State in 1979. 
He is the attorney for the 
Town of Lake Placid, Fla., 
where his practice areas 
include civil litigation, real 
property and land use. 
In 1993, Harris was 
appointed as a trustee 
of the National Housing 
Corporation (which 
became SigEp National 
Housing, LLC, in 2009). 
He served as president 
of the National Housing 
Corporation from 1995 
through 2009. Harris was 
elected to the National 
Board of Directors in 
2003, and he was elected 
Grand Secretary of the 
Board in 2009. At the 2011 
Conclave in Phoenix, Ariz., 
Harris became the 55th 
Grand President of Sigma 
Phi Epsilon. 

Not too long ago, I reached the half-way point 
in my term as Grand President. The time has 
gone by too quickly and provoked me to reflect 
on not just the past year, but the past 111 years. 
In October 2012, our 111th year, SigEp initiated 
its 300,000th member. That is worth taking 
a moment to appreciate. We reached 100,000 
members in 1976. We reached 200,000 in 1994; and 
300,000 just 18 years later when Kevin McGuire 
from our Illinois Alpha Chapter became his 
chapter's 2,280th member. 

The growth of our brotherhood confirms, 
in my mind, that the SigEp experience is a 
necessary and valuable part of the collegiate 
experience. It confirms that SigEp programs and 
our efforts as volunteers can have a significant 
impact on today's undergraduate brothers. 

As I envision the second half of my term, 
I'm reminded that each story of success also 
highlights an opportunity to do more. In chal- 
lenging economic times, the trick is to improve 
the undergraduate experience without placing 
additional financial burden on our undergradu- 
ate brothers who already face increasing tuition 
rates and decreasing student aid. 
The power of giving 
Each of us has the ability to give time or treasure. 

Yet, we struggle to provide our undergraduate 
brothers the consistent volunteer support they 
need. There is simply no substitute for personal 
mentoring, the sharing of life experiences or 
the lessons an alumnus has learned throughout 
his professional career. These types of interac- 
tions formulate a special bond and brotherhood 
that extends beyond the walls of a campus. To 
offer more support of our undergraduates and 
among our alumni, we are investing more time in 
communication and social media related efforts. 
You'll see in our Linkedln feature (page 38), 
that brothers are everywhere, working in major 
companies and universities, and living in every 
state and across the globe. I hope we can liberate 
the power of the SigEp network. 

Your financial support is also a key ingredient to 
Building Balanced Men. Despite all of our frugal- 
ity, SigEp's ability to reach and impact more of our 
young brothers is limited by funding. In the coming 
years, I expect our focus on improving programs, 
and services to undergraduates and volunteers will 
yield an even stronger SigEp experience that will 
fill a growing out-of-the-classroom void in higher 

The honor of service 

We are able to appreciate the 111 years worth of 
opportunities we've been afforded because of those 
who have and those who currently serve in our 
armed forces. Many of them are our brothers. They 
demonstrate everything that is great about our 
Fraternity— leadership, sacrifice and breathtaking 
bravery. I am especially pleased to see our feature 
on SigEp servicemen. 

These brothers are truly heroes in our Fraternity. 
They deserve a special place of honor. In this 
Journal, they will be forever memorialized as noble 
men who have given so much to protect what we 
hold dear. 

At home, every SigEp has the opportunity and 
obligation to serve— to provide moral leader- 
ship and make meaningful contributions to our 
communities. That work can create some of the 
most fulfilling experiences of our lives. I hope that 
when you consider your opportunities to serve, 
you consider SigEp. That is the most fitting way to 
remember and honor those who did it for you. 



Grand President 

In this issue: 

The noble faces of SigEps 
who serve. Clockwise: Rodney 
Swift, Syracuse '40, Cadet First 
Lieutenant, ROTC, February 
1940 Journal; three majors in 
the Marines capture an enemy 
plane, Winter 2004 Journal; 
Army Sergeant Charles Wesley, 
Rhode Island '10 (p. 32); Air Force 
Captain Roy T. Baker, South 
Carolina '60, learning to pilot a 
huge military transport plane, 
May 1970 Journal; Marine Corporal 
Steven Maire, Case Western 
Reserve '13 (p. 32); aviation 
cadets at the Enid Army Flying 
school, May 1942 Journal. 


6 Red Door Notes 

Michigan Chapter celebrates 
100 years at new home I New 
Virginia Tech facility opens in 
January I East Carolina Chapter 
facility facelift goes well below 
the surface 

10 Academics 

Tragos Quest to Greece: A lifelong 
educator learns from scholars 
both ancient and young 

11 Sound Mind and 
Sound Body 

Member development is a means 
for academic success I Varsity 
Scholar Athletes Francis Garcia 
and Kyle Smith featured 

16 Chapter News 

Georgia SigEps raise over 
$50,000 on East Coast bike trek I 
Michigan brother and his football 
team get a dose of Navy SEAL 
training I Brother turns to social 
media to help cure cystic fibrosis 
I Childhood cancer survivor 
helps kids battle the disease I 
Randolph Macon obtains charter 
IThree chapter presidents intern 
together I SigEp captures unrest 
in his native Morocco 


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22 A Century of SigEp Servicemen 

23 Sigma Phi Epsilon and War 

By MICHAEL GREEN, California-Berkeley '62 

24 Brotherly love in action: Book captures notes among 
chapter brothers serving in World War II 

By BRETT R. DANKO, Pennsylvania '90 

26 Former Marine Corps Commandant 

discusses leadership in the service and SigEp 

By RENATO VILLACORTE, Cal-Poly Pomona '91 

28 SigEpVets: Connecting brothers 
and honoring service 

By RENATO VILLACORTE, Cal-Poly Pomona '91 

29 In his own words 

By TED GARDNER, Oregon State '47 

30 Silver Star-decorated SigEp drew enemy fire 
away from his comrades 

By ERIN MULLALLY, Michigan State '99 

32 Reservist brothers balance college and military service 

By KEVIN LYNCH, Maryland-College Park '08 

33 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Thirty years later, 
a SigEp recounts the meaning of healing 

By Rabbi ARNOLD E. RESNICOFF, Dartmouth '68 

34 WWII prisoner eluded Bataan Death March; 
survived 34 months in jungle 


36 U.S. Army captain signed up after 9/11 
and still serves 

By MICHAEL SELBY, Eastern Michigan '02 

37 The SigEp Patriots Project: 
Remembering those who serve 

By ED JONES, Buffalo State '96 


Journal field reporters 

Steve Dorsey, American '09 

Matthew Eisen, Yale '10 

Jonathan B. Greenstein, Illinois State '11 

Joshua Gutierrez, Cal State-San 

Bernardino '09 

Thomas B. Jelke, Ph.D., 

Florida International '90 

Benjamin Y. Lowe, Columbia '01 

Kevin Lynch, Maryland-College Park '08 

Nicholas Martin, Massachusetts '10 

Tyler Manoukian, Massachusetts '13 

Michael D. McDowell, Nevada-Reno '03 

Salvatore A. Moschelli, 
Lawrence Tech '00 
Erin Mullally, Michigan State '99 
Patrick Murphrey, 
Christopher Newport '05 

Will Robinson, Duke '11 
Michael Selby, Eastern Michigan '02 
Brian Shawn, North Dakota '02 
Ryan Sugden, Wisconsin '06 
Kevin Teets, Tennessee-Martin '06 
David Wenzel, Cincinnati '06 
Trey Wydysh, Richmond '07 


3 75 years ago in SigEp 

A few interesting items from the Journals 
of 1937 

4 Commentary 

Article inspires reader to get more 
involved I Chapter president grateful for 
return to Tennessee house I Military lost 
and found I SigEp online is all new! 

38 Fraternity News 

Leveraging SigEp in your 
professional career 

40 Foundation Report 

We Need More Zar Toolans 

41 Alumni and 
Volunteer News 

Mammal researcher breaks ground in 
South America I Chilean native launches 
life and career in the U.S. I A flood of 
brotherly love helps couple come home I 
Pastry chef achieves top national honor 
I Sportswriter shuns paycheck, pens book 
I Former Welterweight Champion Victor 
Ortiz proud to be a SigEp I Three Rutgers 
alumni inspired by a fallen brother 

48 In Memoriam 

Reader's Guide 

SigEp Journal 

Fall 2012 Issue • Volume 110, Number 1 • (804) 353-1901 

The SigEp Journal is published by Sigma 
Phi Epsilon, founded in 1901, for under- 
graduates and alumni of the Fraternity. 
The Journal strives to show how the 
SigEp experience has improved the lives 
of undergraduates and alumni over time, 
to encourage involvement and 
financial support, and to instill 
pride in the mission and accom- 
ZmsGi plishments of the Fraternity. 

Deadlines for submitting articles, photos 
and story ideas for the Journal come in the 
following weeks each year: Spring: February 1; 
Fall: July 1. Email submissions to communica- Send submissions to Journal 
Editor, Sigma Phi Epsilon, 310 South Boulevard, 
Richmond, Virginia 23220. 

The Journal welcomes all submissions. 
For more detailed guidelines, go to www. Decisions to 
publish material we have received is based 
on the sole discretion of the editorial staff. 

Letters to the editor 

The Journal welcomes your comments and 

perspective on what you read here and other 

issues related to the Fraternity. Send your 

email to Please 

include your name, school and graduation year. 

Letters and social media posts may be edited 

for clarity and space. 


Advertising is accepted in half-page or full page 

increments. Deadlines for artwork: Spring: 

March 1; Fall: August 1. For ad specifications, 

please email 


The Journal is mailed to every member with 
an active address in our database. Ten copies 
are mailed to chapter presidents. If members 
move, they need to update their address at Parents or members 
can send an email to address.update@sigep. 
net with a new address to keep SigEp records 

The SigEp Journal 

Executive Editor 

Brian C. Warren Jr., Virginia '04 

Managing Editor 

Gay-Lynn Carpenter 

Get connected! 

Copy Editor 

Mitch Goldich, Lehigh '09 

Art Direction 

Propolis Design Group 

Colorado State 1937 intramural champions, 75 years ago. See more from that year on page 3. 

Complete Journal archive online at: 

2011-2013 National 
Board of Directors 

Grand President 

Bert J. Harris III, 
Florida 74 

Grand Treasurer 

Christopher L. Bittman, 
Colorado '85 

Grand Secretary 

Shawn McKenna, 
Maine 77 

National Director 

Richard W. Bennet III, 
Central Missouri 74 

National Director 

Phillip A. Cox, Indiana '84 

National Director 

Thomas B. Jelke, 
Florida International '90 

National Director 

Billy D. Maddalon, 
North Carolina State '90 

National Director 

Daniel W. McVeigh, 
Texas Wesleyan, '90 

Student National Director 

William J. Broadlick, 
Washington State '13 

Student National Director 

Austin J. Collins, Alabama '13 

Student National Director 

Justin D. Kingsolver, Indiana '12 

Fraternity Staff 

Executive Director 

Brian C.Warren Jr., 
Virginia '04 

Executive Coordinator 

Lynn C. Cutter 

Fraternity Operations Director 

Andrew Lemens, Drake '08 

Risk Management Director 

Kathryn E. Johnston 

Chapter Services 

Chapter Services Directors 

Tyler R. Boggess, Drake '10 
Joshua D. Hodnichak, 
Case Western Reserve '10 

Fraternity Operations Coordinator 

Morgan L. Maclin 

Membership Coordinator 

Donna B. Jarvis 

Regional Directors 

John Barr, Southern 
Mississippi '12 
Trevor Bullard, 
Massachusetts '12 
Bret Harrell, 
Nebraska-Omaha '12 
Kurt Hutson, Kent State '12 
Shane Lay, 

California-Santa Barbara '12 
Mathew Ngo, 
Texas Christian '12 
Andrew Palmer, 
Georgia Southern '12 
Rick Stepanovic, Michigan '12 

Justin Stubelt, 
Florida Gulf Coast '12 
Daniel Sullivan, WPI '12 
Devon Walker, Pepperdine '12 

New Chapter Development 

New Chapter Development 

Scott Swedberg, Elon '11 
Sheehan Walker, Virginia 
Commonwealth '11 

SEC Manager 

Kyle Sutton, Cincinnati '12 

Programs and Events 

Programs and Events Director 

Stacy D. Nicodemus, CMP 

Member Development Manager 

Shane P. McKee, Washington 
State Renaissance 

Programs and Events Coordinator 

Kristen E. Reid, CMP 

Leadership Events Manager 

Trent Patterson, 
Wichita State '10 


Communications Director 

Gay-Lynn Carpenter 

Communications Manager 

Matt Smith, Drake '12 

Online and Web Communications 

Scott Bickford, Longwood '93 

Administrative Coordinator 

Jan R. Brammer 


Finance Director 

Julie W. Ross 

Fraternity Accountant 

Susan L. Williams 


Director of Information 

E. Scott Thompson II, 
Southern Mississippi '99 

Technology and Facilities Director 

P. Sean Leahey, 
George Mason '96 

Research Coordinator 

Mindi Seidel 

Administrative Coordinator 

Debbie H. Hunt 

Alumni and Volunteer 

Alumni and Volunteer Services 

Beaux Carriere, Charleston '10 

SigEp National 
Housing, LLC 


Kenneth S. Maddox, 
Oregon State 75 

Vice President 

Arthur J. (AJ) Siccardi Jr., 
Florida '98 


Brian C. Warren Jr., 
Virginia '04 


Clark H. Byrum Sr., Indiana '57 
Timothy J. Harmon, 
Washington '82 
Christopher M. McCaw, 
Appalachian State '03 
Murl R. Richardson Jr., 
Texas A & M 76 
Stephen L. Young, Kansas '80 
John D. Weir, Purdue '01 

SigEp National 
Housing Staff 

Managing Director 

Patrick T. Murphy, 
Northeastern '10 

Asset Manager 

Alex Woodlief, Northeastern '11 

SENH Accountant 

Melia B. Hoyle 


President and Chairman 

Arthur J. Hurt III, Davidson '88 


Scott H. Bice, 
Southern California '65 

Vice President of Development 

Ryan Brennan, Truman State '95 


Thomas A. Barton, Loras '89 
Scott A. Baxter, 
Buffalo State '84 
Alphonce J. Brown Jr., 
Texas Renaissance 
Ken Christianson, 
Washington State 74 
David W. Detjen, 
Washington in St. Louis 70 
Jeffery L. Johnson, Colorado '89 
Garry C. Kief, 
Southern California 70 
Norman E. Nabhan, Purdue 71 
Troy Queen, Florida '96 
Bobby S. Shackouls, 
Mississippi State 72 
William G. Tragos, 
Washington in St. Louis '56 

Foundation Staff 

Interim Executive Director 

Alphonce J. Brown Jr. 
Texas Renaissance 

Director of Development 

Brady Wolfe, Drake '09 

Gift and Grant Coordinator 

Susan A. Ilch 

District Governors 

(by district) 

1: Carey E. Heckman, 

Dartmouth 76 

2: David L. Middlemiss, 

Syracuse '91 

3: Timothy R. Swift, Babson '96 

4: Jason M. St. John, 

Maryland-College Park '94 

5: Edward E. Bishop, 

Virginia Tech 73 

6: Joseph W. Langella Jr., 

Connecticut '83 

7: Ron S. Binder, Toledo '83 

8: Peter M. Varney, Davidson '96 

9: Andrew C. Land, Clemson '04 

10: Steven B. Chaneles, 

Connecticut '83 

11: Chad H.Carlson, Baylor '95 

12: Stephen C.Valente, 

Middle Tennessee State '96 

13: Marcus P. Robinson, 

Dayton '99 

14: Salvatore A. Moschelli, 

Lawrence Tech '00 

15. David T. Bertorello, 


16: Bradley C. Nahrstadt, 

Monmouth '89 

17: David M. McLaughlin, 

Minnesota '92 

18: John W. Hartman, 

Missouri-Columbia '61 

19: Jeffrey C.Gates, 

Wichita State '89 

20: William M. Patten, 

Texas Christian 73 

21: Bruce W. Anderson, 

Texas-Austin 71 

24: Steven R. Ruttner, 

Washington 79 

25: James M. Amen, 

Sacramento State '96 

26: David R. Calderon, 

Cal-Poly Pomona '88 

Vacant districts not listed 

'Thanks for the great Spring 2012 issue of the 
Journal. It made me realize how important 
the Fraternity is to the positive development 
of young men, as it was to me." -phu barney, Montana -bo 


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Compiled by JAN BRAMMER, Administrative Coordinator 

A few interesting items from the Journal 
that year. 

A factual cross-section 

66 active chapters in 37 states and 

the District of Columbia 
A total membership of approximately 19,000 
A total of 45 of our 66 chapters own houses 
Sigma Phi Epsilon ranks 11th in size (number 

of chapters) out of 84 national Greek-letter 


One of four national fraternities owning a 

national Headquarters building 

Kansas Governor initiated 
as honorary member by the 
University of Kansas Chapter 

The Honorable 
Walter A. 
Huxman, gover- 
nor of the state of 
Kansas, was initi- 
ated as an honorary 
member of Sigma 
Phi Epsilon by the 
Kansas Gamma 
Chapter on June 
5, 1937. Governor 
Huxman's initia- 
tion occasioned 
the assemblage in Lawrence of upwards 
of 50 notable SigEp alumni and delegates 
of undergraduates from its three Kansas 
chapters. Governor Huxman was 
presented with a gold key to the Fraternity 
and an official plaque by the members of 
Kansas Gamma. 

stationed at 
Fort Benning, 
Ga., during 

SigEp bonds were 
strengthened and 
brothers' hearts 
were warmed as 
13 SigEp ROTC cadets from Alabama, 
Florida and Tennessee gathered for a 
SigEp dinner at Fort Benning, Ga. The 
group strongly felt the ties of brotherhood 
as there were tales of college fun, a serious 
discussion of chapter problems and a valu- 
able interchange of ideas. 






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Oregon Alpha Chapter house, Nov. '37 Journal 

Oregon State to 

celebrate 20th 





At right, the scene of the 20th anniversary celebration of the charter of Oregon Alpha 
on the campus of Oregon State College, in Corvallis, Ore. This chapter house was built 
in 1925 and is located in the center of the fraternity district. It was the old Oxford Club 
from which came the nucleus that formed the new chapter on February 12, 1918. And 
now, 20 years gone by, and in a house of its own, Oregon Alpha sounds the call for the 
return of alumni, and a good time will be had by all. 

Ted Shawn, dance 

Edwin "Ted" Shawn, 
Denver 1912 and his male 
dancers— there are no women 
in the troupe— are known 
wherever the dance is known 
as an art. They are artist- 
athletes. Thirty years later, 
in 1967, Shawn would be 
awarded the SigEp Citation 
for his career in dance. 

The eighteenth or "Great 
Lakes" Conclave was held 
September 2 - 4, 1937 f at the 
Hotel Cleveland. Delegates 
from over fifty chapters and 
twelve active alumni chapters 
were in attendance among the 
317 attendees. 

Assistant Conclave Directory Richard 
W. Cook, Ohio State '31, and Conclave 
Director Fred Wade, Tennessee '26 
commiserate at the event. 



Article inspires reader to get more involved 

Note: Chris Stearns read the articles about 
SigEp programming improvements in the Spring 
2012 Journal and decided to volunteer. Member 
Development Manager Shane McKee is exploring 
ways to involve him. 

Brother McKee, 

I read your articles in the Spring 2012 SigEp 
Journal with interest given a recent event 
related to one of my wife's friend's children. She 
is a freshman at Ohio State and was raped by 
a student athlete in her dorm room. While we have been focusing 
on her and making sure that all the right actions are taken by the 
university with regard to punishing this young man, it occurred to 
me that I have little knowledge as to why this young man behaved 
the way he did. He is not a SigEp to my knowledge, but I can't help 
but have some curiosity and concern for his behavior. What a way 
to ruin/impact your life at such a young age! 

So, your articles are timely. I have not been very active with 
SigEp over the last many years beyond attending some functions 
at my chapter and the occasional donation. I have a young family 
(three kids 8 and under), a wife, a career, personal interests, etc., 
that all seem to consume my time. But I'd like to find a way to 
be involved with your efforts, if possible. If you have details you 
can send me on the needs and expectations of volunteers, I'd be 
happy to try to "fit it in." Your work is important. 


Ohio Northern '89 

Military lost and 

Dear fellow SigEps, 

The article, 
"Fellowship of the 
ring," as presented 
within the SigEp 
Journal, Spring 
2012, pp. 38-39, 
was wonderful 
and meaningful. It 
reflected the good, 
decent people from 
various locales. 

Like Brother 
Hargrave, I served 
within the United 
States Army. My 
assignments were at 
Fort Dix, N. J., and 
Fort Benning, Ga., 


While at one of 
the military instal- 
lations, I had a 
personal wallet 
stolen from me. 
Many years later, 
long after my 
discharge, and while 
serving as professor 
of speech communi- 
cation at Colorado 
State University, I 
received a package 
in the mail. 

The package 
contained my once- 
stolen wallet. It was 
found by a civilian 
construction crew, 
while tearing down 

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to, or mail to SigEp 
Headquarters, 310 S. Boulevard, Richmond VA 
23220. Letters and social media posts may be edited 
for clarity and length. 

my old barracks. 
Much time and 
effort were taken 
to locate me in 

It's nice to know 
of so many honest, 
caring people within 
our wonderful 
United States! 


Massachusetts '54 
Professor Emeritus, 
Colorado State 

From right, Resident Scholar Taylor Buck, '06, and his Tennessee Alpha brothers Matt 
Yatsula, '12, Chris Sherry, '15, and Ted Robbins, '15, are just a few residents enjoying their 
newly renovated chapter house. 

Chapter president grateful for return to 
Tennessee house 


Today I received the SigEp Journal, which included an article 
about the newly renovated Tennessee Alpha Chapter house. I 
heard that there would be something about the house renovation 
in the magazine, and I highly anticipated it so that other SigEps 
across the country could see what has become our pride and joy. 
It was a very well written article and made me very proud. 

The article, while very good, was too short to express the 
hard work that our alumni put into our chapter home. I was 
initiated the year the house was closed, and it was not open 
until my fall semester senior year. For my peers in the chapter 
who are now seniors and nearing graduation, the pinnacle of 
our undergraduate tenure was to see this house open. 

As we carried out chapter meetings, the Ritual, and every- 
thing else needed to be a Fraternity, we always wished we had 
the house during our younger years in the chapter. So many 
brothers rose to the challenge to ensure we had the experi- 
ence that they had while in college, and it has become one of 
the greatest blessings in my life. What Tennessee Alpha has is 
very special, and I'm glad it could be shared with my brothers 
at other schools. While I don't want any chapter to lose their 
home on campus, it truly brought us together in a special bond, 
and made us work 
harder to keep the 
fire of Sigma Phi 
Epsilon burning in 
east Tennessee. 

We owe a huge 
debt of gratitude to 
many alumni, and I 
want to say 'thank 
you' to every single 
one of them for 
helping keep our 
brotherhood alive. 
Being the chapter 
president during the renovations was a special gift that brought 
me closer to my alumni brothers and allowed me to work along- 
side and share in our brotherhood with them. This article, this 
facility, this Fraternity, and especially my brothers who worked 
just as hard as I did, make me extremely proud to be a brother 
in Sigma Phi Epsilon. 


Tennessee '12 

A proud group of Tennessee undergraduates and alumni 
pose in front of the renovated house. 


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SigEp online is 
all new! 

Visit SigEp's website, and you're sure 
to notice some changes. The site, www., has been completely upgraded. 

Here's what you will see: 

Fast access to your own profile. In two 

minutes, you can log in at the top right of 
the home page, establish your profile with 
your most up-to-date information and 
determine your e-mail preferences so you 
can opt in or out of specific interest areas. 

Easier navigation. You can click on 
nearly every subject from the home page, 
either from the tabs or dropdown menus. 
Not sure where to start? Try one of our 
red audience tabs at the top of the page to 
give you some ideas. 

A clean, modern design. The new design 
incorporates more photos, graphics, 
quotes and videos and has the flexibility 
we need to keep it fresh. 

Our Social Media Hub. This single page 
is your one-stop shop for SigEp's social 
media presence. It includes our Facebook 
feed, Twitter feed and mentions, promoted 
hashtags, blogs and more. If it's happen- 
ing online, it's happening at SigEp's Social 
Media Hub. 

Improved content. Every single page on 
the site has been reviewed and revised to 
reflect the latest information, program- 
ming and resources for you. 

New areas for your news. Two areas of 
the site allow you to submit information 
about your chapter, yourself or others. 
Your News has a simple submission form, 
and news will be posted within two busi- 
ness days. In Memoriam allows you to post 
remembrances and/or obituary notices for 
brothers who have passed away. 

Take a look around the new SigEp site. 
We will be updating news, resources and 
features regularly, so go back often to 
get the latest happenings and contacts 
from SigEp. 

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Red Door Notes 

The red door on SigEp chapter houses started at Syracuse 
University in 1928. While not the only factor in a high-performing 
chapter, well-appointed chapter facilities establish the foundation 
for creating the right experience through efforts like the Balanced 
Man Program and Residential Learning Communities. 

Michigan Chapter celebrates 100 years at new home 

By JERRY MANGONA, Michigan '01 

With its founding at the University of 
Michigan in 1912, the Michigan Alpha 
Chapter celebrates its centennial this 
year with a new chapter house and a 
once-in-a-lifetime gala and reunion. Over 
a decade in the making, the chapter has 
found a permanent home in a 15,560 sq. ft. 
building which— since its construction in 
1891— served as the Memorial Christian 
Church at the northwest corner of Hill 
and Tappan streets. 

The road to this accomplishment begins 
with a farewell. Typical of many of the 
oldest chapters, the homes and locations 
were notable and dear to the hearts of 
alumni. During the social turmoil of the 
'80s and '90s, many parts of the Fraternity 
world suffered from destructive behavior 
and a lack of fiscal attention. From 1937- 
1994, the chapter resided in a prominent 
location on the northeast corner of Hill 
and State streets, but saddled by debt, 
negative cash- 
flow, and a vacant 
property, the local 
alumni executed 
a contract to sell 
the chapter house 
to the university. 
Prior to closing, 
fire destroyed 
the house on 
September 16, 1995. 
After agreeing 
to the sale of the 
house "as is," the 
university demol- 
ished the building, 
and that premier 
site is now the home of the Gerald R. Ford 
School of Public Policy. 

After recolonizing in 1999, the chap- 
ter continued to thrive, albeit without a 
permanent house. The chapter has recap 
tured the early prominence reflected 
by three Michigan alumni who served 
as Grand Presidents of the Fraternity, 
including E. Reed Hunt, Michigan '19 
(1942-1943); J. Russell Pratt, Michigan 
'39 (1954-1955); and Frank Ruck, 
Michigan '46 (1983-1985)— well known 
for his commitment to the Balanced Man 
Program and its Sound Mind and Sound 
Body ideals. 

The chapter 
has recaptured 
the early 
by three 
who served 
as Grand 
Presidents of 
the Fraternity. 

The Michigan Chapter's new house was a church for more than 100 years. The main area where services were held has been 
cleared of a piano and pews to create an open, inviting living space. 

Brothers called five different addresses 
home since 1998, constantly adjusting but 
maintaining top ranking status among 
the fraternities at Michigan. In addition 
to providing mentoring and organiza- 
tional support for the chapter, the Alumni 
and Volunteer Corporation maintained 
the search to purchase a new site. 

After years of perseverance, Michigan 
achieved two landmarks at the Orlando, 
Fla., Conclave in 2009. 

First, the chapter won its first Buchanan 
Cup under the leadership of former AVC 
President Peter Hasenkamp, Dartmouth 
'98, and Past Chapter President Rick 
Stepanovic, Michigan '12. 

Second, a small contingent of Michigan 
Alphas led by current AVC President 
Jerry Mangona, '01, and Stepanovic 
successfully lobbied for the resources 
and financial support of SigEp National 
Housing, LLC (SENH). 

Several months later, working with 
local real estate agents, the AVC learned 
that the Memorial Christian Church was 
considering the sale of their property one 
block from the former Michigan Alpha 
chapter house and across the street from 
the newly constructed Ross School of 
Business. SENH, now a full partner in the 
project, visited the site and collaborated 
with the AVC to investigate the architec- 



tural, financial and operational feasibility 
of the project. This effort resulted in 
three challenges to be addressed before 
closing the deal. 

1. Architectural: The building was in the 
right size range for a 120-man chapter, 
but the floor plans needed to function for 
up to 45 beds in addition to the common 
spaces. The costs for renovating the 
130-year-old structure needed to fit the 
budget. Fortunately, the architectural 
style of the building was not overly 
ecumenical, so the conversion from a 
church to a fraternity was aesthetically 

2. Financial: The budget needed to support 
the debt service required for the total 
project costs— purchase, renovations, and 
soft costs. And the local alumni had to 
demonstrate the beginnings of a success- 
ful fundraising campaign to eventually 
provide $1.3 million in equity in the 

3. Operational: The AVC needed to obtain 
advance commitment from 44 brothers to 
lease bedrooms in the building. Special 
exception permits had to be procured 
from a hearing before the Ann Arbor 
City Planning Commission. They had to 
select a contractor and local architect 
and assure the right timing for ending 
the existing lease and occupying the new 

After more than two years of due dili- 
gence and seven months of construction, 

Michigan Alpha now has 44 tenants and 
one resident manager/graduate student 
advisor living in a stunning new home, 
and the chapter is on track to become a 
Residential Learning Community. 

The library alone, formerly the church 
sanctuary, would be the envy of any 
school. With ornate trim and vaulted ceil- 
ing, the library will include study tables 
and comfortable furniture to help create 
a residential learning environment. 
The commercial kitchen, adjacent to the 
social and dining area in the lower level, 
is scheduled to be fully operational by 
the end of 2012. A professional, in-house 
chef, formerly a private chef to several 
NFL athletes in Florida, will manage the 
kitchen operation for the chapter. 

The completion of this project is a 
crowning achievement for a strong 
SigEp chapter and its dedicated alumni. 
The timing coincides with the chapter's 
October 12-14 centennial celebration, for 
which over 300 alumni and family are 
expected as the Journal goes to press. 
The festivities include an informal Friday 
evening dinner and cocktails, a reception 
along with the Homecoming game against 
Illinois, and a formal centennial banquet 
and house dedication ceremony on 
Saturday night. The celebration ends on 
Sunday morning with a farewell alumni 
brunch. This is a fitting tribute for the 
dramatic new Michigan Alpha home to 
serve as the cornerstone for another 100 
years of success. 


The ornate details and trim work add visual appeal to the 
interior spaces. 

Michigan Alpha Facts 

Fall 2011 GPA: 3.34; ACA: 3.29 

GPA rank among fraternities: 4/30 

Intramural Champions: Record-breaking 25 
championships on campus in chapter history, 
including 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012 

Varsity Athletes in: Football and tennis 

Prominent alumni include: 

Donald Graham, '55, founder of Graham 
Engineering, honorary 
co-chair of Michigan's 
"The Michigan Difference" 
fundraising campaign, 
whose lead gift launched 
the Graham Environmen- 
tal Sustainability Institute 

at the University of Michigan. 

Johnny Maulbetsch, 1916, 

Ail-American member of 
Michigan's varsity football 
team, head coach, basketball 
and football at Oklahoma 
A&M, and College Football 
Hall of Fame inductee. 

Andrew Richner, '82, elected to Michigan 
^^^^^^h House of Representatives 
in 1996, 1998, and 2000, 
partner at law firm Clark 
Hill PLC in Detroit, Mich., 
M^| and elected to the Univer- 
^^i» sity of Michigan Board of 
1^1 Regents, 2002 and 2010. 

Michigan Alpha brothers moved into their new house in late August. 


New Virginia Tech facility opens in January 

By WILLIAM THOMAS, Virginia Tech '72 

The new on-campus Virginia Tech 
Chapter house opens in January 2013. 
The house is the culmination of three 
years of facility design and construction, 
the evolution of a partnership with the 
university to finance the project, member 
development program plans and fundrais- 
ing. With approximately 20,000 sq. ft., the 
house is situated on the campus nine-hole 
golf course property, taking the first of 
seventeen lots allocated by Virginia Tech 
for the expansion of the existing Greek 
housing community. 

SigEp is the first Virginia Tech Greek 
organization to take advantage of the 
on-campus Greek housing partnership, 
known as Oak Lane Phase IV, offered by 
the university. The terms of this partner- 
ship between the university and a Greek 
organization are unique and potentially 
trend setting. 

Virginia Tech provides the building 
lot, the infrastructure improvements 
for road access and utilities to the new 
house, two-thirds of the construction 
costs and residence room furniture. The 
fraternity or sorority provides one-third 
of the construction costs, the common 
area furniture, and has the opportunity 
to develop the architectural design of the 
new house. 

Win-win partnership 

This partnership between the 
university and the participating Greek 
organizations is truly a win-win propo- 
sition for all parties. Virginia Tech 
Director of Housing and Residence Life 
Dr. Eleanor Finger said, "We are chart- 
ing a new course here at Virginia Tech 
that reflects tremendous university 
support for your organization and for our 
fraternity and sorority life as a whole on 

The new Virginia Kappa house sets a 
high bar of excellence for the other Greek 
organizations that will follow in building 
their on-campus house on the Phase IV 
property. The chapter house is designed 
for physical separation of the functional 
areas. The first floor provides a common 
area for a living-learning environment, 
an apartment for a house director and 

The final touches to Virginia Tech's new chapter facility 
were being completed at press time. A nine-hole golf course 
adds to the view. 

rooms for the resident scholar and 
chapter officers. The second floor serves 
strictly as residential space, and the 
basement floor offers an open social and 
recreation space. SigEp undergradu- 
ates and alumni, university staff and 
faculty, and parents will all be proud of 
the facility's living-learning space, which 
includes a chapter room/large class room 
with state-of-the-art multimedia equip- 
ment, a quiet study/faculty fellow office, a 
formal conference room/small classroom, 
and a library. 

Design based on latest research 

The chapter's fundraising campaign 
chairman, John Lawson, Virginia Tech 
'75, a board member and key benefactor 
of the university's Myers-Lawson School 
of Construction said, "They say dreams 
can come true, and we saw this actually 
happen. We researched how other frater- 
nity and sorority housing is being built at 
other universities and developed our own 
unique model that combined the latest 
teaching and resident concepts with a 
timeless southern mansion look and feel." 

This facility's beautiful design is 
intended to enhance member develop- 
ment programming to put the chapter 
on track for accreditation as a Sigma Phi 
Epsilon Residential Learning Community 
(RLC). The space creates an RLC 
environment that facilitates academics, 

experiential learning, guest speakers, 
in-house classes and faculty involve- 
ment among other benefits. Moving into 
the new house this fall along with 35 
undergraduate members are Resident 
Scholar, Nick Warrington, Wright 
State '12, and House Director/Virginia 
Tech RLC Coordinator Chad Mandala, 
Florida State Renaissance, a Virginia 
Tech residential learning coordinator for 
fraternity and sorority life. 

Additionally, Katie Steuer, Virginia 
Tech career advisor, and Dr. Christine 
Fiori, director of professional and 
academic outreach in the Myers-Lawson 
School, have volunteered to serve as 
faculty fellows for the chapter. 

Virginia Kappa operated in its first and 
only fraternity house for 43 years, a 100+- 
year-old former single family residence in 
the town of Blacksburg, Va. Now, through 
this innovative, rewarding partnership 
with Virginia Tech, Virginia Kappa has a 
fantastic new facility built to the high- 
est standards that will be a showcase on 
campus for years to come. 


East Carolina 
Chapter facility 
facelift goes well 
below the surface 

By PETER VARNEY, Davidson '96 

With the guidance and support of its 
devoted alumni, parents and volunteers, 
the North Carolina Kappa Chapter at East 
Carolina reclaimed its house at the corner 
of Summit and Fifth streets in Greenville, 
N.C., in May 2012. Like all the chapter's 
achievements since its charter reinstate- 
ment in April 2011, regaining the house 
meant putting hard work well ahead of 

Organized by Parent and Volunteer 
Committee Member Carol Loyd, mother 
of Vice President of Communications 
Chandler Loyd, '15, and House Manager 
Chuck Brown, '83, the house workday 
drew about 80 undergraduate brothers, 
alumni, parents and volunteers, who 
spent a gorgeous spring day sprucing up 
the house last occupied by the chapter in 
fall 2010. 

The committed crew rebuilt and restored 
a side porch, completely repainted the 
interior and built a stone pathway along 
the side of the house. Their landscaping 
projects included tree and hedge trimming 
and mulching flower beds. 

Change from the inside out 

In the 18 months since the house's front 
porch and brick sign last boasted Sigma 
Phi Epsilon letters, much about North 


Chapter alumni representing four decades participated in East Carolina's workday. From left: Pat Young, '82, Ed Tew, 79, Matt 
Boykin, 79, Bob Weisenberger, '92, Kyle Bigley, '10, Chuck Brown, '83, Spencer Barrick, '11, Benjie Minton, 79, and Jason Dolan, '12. 

Carolina Kappa had changed dramati- 
cally and for the better. Charter 
restoration in May 2011 meant enlight- 
ening chapter brothers on academics, 
conduct and character, implementa- 
tion of the Balanced Man Program and 
sustained engagement with Headquarters 
staff as well as chapter alumni and 

Chapter alumni immediately stepped 
up to the plate, hosting a weekend- 
long executive committee retreat with 
Alumni and Volunteer Corporation (AVC) 
members and the district governor. They 
also held a chapter-wide Balanced Man 
Program workshop led by Director of 
Fraternity Operations Andrew Lemens, 
Drake '08. In January 2012, the AVC 
leaders, regional director and district 
governor led a retreat for the full chapter 
and launched its Parent and Volunteer 
Committee (PVC). The PVC includes a 
parent of at least one brother in each 
academic class, and is the only parents' 
group affiliated with one of the 16 
Interfraternity Council (IFC) organiza- 
tions at East Carolina. 

Alumni and parents make 
the difference 

In spring 2012, the chapter earned 
the highest academic average among 
IFC organizations at East Carolina 
and received the Chancellor's Cup for 

Undergraduates and parent volunteers rebuilt the side 
porch, removing the old wood and replacing it. This major 
improvement extended into the next day. 

top IFC athletic performance. Chapter 
President and 2011 Ruck Scholar Price 
Enroughty, '13, credited the chapter's 
accomplishments to the contributions 
of the chapter's volunteers and parents. 
"Their endless support and effort make 
me feel honored to be a part of such a 
strong brotherhood. Our AVC leaders and 
parents have been there for us every step 
of the way and are the most consistent 
people I have ever met. Without their 
efforts, North Carolina Kappa would not 
be where it is today." 

At the 2012 Carlson Leadership 
Academy in Atlanta, the East Carolina 
Chapter received an Excelsior Cup for 
Volunteers, and Chuck Brown received 
the Volunteer of the Year Award for 
District 8, acknowledging the integral 
role of volunteers and parents in bringing 
about the chapter's turnaround. 

In addition to support from parents 
and volunteers, the chapter has forged 
a strong partnership with the East 
Carolina Greek Life staff, particularly 
Director Keith Tingley, who dropped by 
the May house workday to thank parents 
and volunteers for their support. 

"I have worked alongside Keith and 
our AVC to develop a plan for sustaining 
our momentum and to allow for a smooth 
transition between our current executive 
board and future leaders and officers," 
Enroughty explained. "Still having much 
room for improvement, we are excited 
for a bright future and are determined to 
leave this place better than we found it." 



Tragos Quest to Greece: 

A lifelong educator learns from scholars both ancient and young 

By WILLIAM MALONEY, Delaware '68 

I was honored to participate in the 2012 
Tragos Quest to Greece as a mentor. I've 
been a SigEp for 47 years, a professor for 
36, and a SigEp volunteer for more than 
30. I've served as faculty advisor and 
chapter counselor at Michigan, Maryland- 
College Park and Kentucky. I believe 
in SigEp and its mission and became a 
professor to work with students, in both 
class and extracurricular settings. 

Some of my academic work has 
involved the study of values-based orga- 
nizations. Strong values provide a rudder 
by which organizations and individuals 
steer themselves through life. SigEp's 
values of Virtue, Diligence and Brotherly 
Love provide that guidance for broth- 
ers. My goals in going to Greece were to 
study the Greek origins of our Fraternity, 
to engage in meaningful conversations 
with the under- 
graduate scholars 
and to recom- 
mit myself to the 
principles of our 

What did I take 
away from my 
experience? First, the 16 undergraduate 
scholars (selected from 295 applicants) 
are outstanding balanced men in all 
aspects. Their resumes cover the spec- 
trum: academics, athletics, philanthropy, 
service. Two even serve as student repre- 
sentatives on their university or state 
higher education governing boards. One, 
a rising pre-med senior with a 4.0 GPA, 
has shadowed doctors to explore different 
specialties and left Greece to participate 
in a study abroad program at Oxford. 
Another worked for Rolls Royce this 
summer on sophisticated engineering 
analysis of turbine blades. 

Since the trip was "unplugged" (no 
cell phones or laptops) and we took 
daily, three-hour bus rides, we had ripe 
opportunities to engage in a meaningful 
dialogue. Each evening we held a discus- 
sion on various issues including Greek 
ideals and SigEp's values, Olympic 
ideals and sound body, the Ritual and 

"I had not been 
through the 
Ritual since 
May 196*" 

Tragos Quest to Greece mentors (from left) Shane McKee, Washington State Renaissance, Adam Seiber, Murray State '02, 
Archie Messersmith, Samford '99, and Chris Hester, Louisiana State '05, flank Professor William Maloney, Delaware '68, 
second from right, at the Temple of Apollo at Corinth. 

its importance. A discussion about 
masculinity and what it means to be a 
Fraternity man was particularly enlight- 
ening as we wove in the values of virtue 
and diligence. We learned about each 
other by creating and sharing a personal 
life path, identifying the major events 
and influences on our lives. Throughout 
these conversations, I was struck by the 
undergraduates' depth of understanding 
and commitment to examining the issues. 

While in Delphi, we conducted the 
rite of initiation for Renaissance Brother 
Shane McKee on a hillside overlooking a 
beautiful valley and, in the distance, the 
sea. Despite attending Carlson Leadership 
Academies and Conclaves, I had not 
been through the Ritual since May 1968. 
Typically our home chapters have multi- 
ple initiates. Initiating one person allowed 
us to focus on the Ritual instead of getting 
people through it. Thinking about the 
meaning and implications of the Oath of 
Obligation and the interpretation of the 
Ritual was very powerful. As the senior 
member present (by more than 30 years), I 
gave the Charge, which was new to me. 

When I joined SigEp in the 1960s, it 
was a great social Fraternity; the Ritual 
was something you went through to 

become a member. I gave little thought 
to its content and meaning. I encourage 
all members, both undergraduate and 
alumni, periodically to read the Oath of 
Obligation and the Charge and recom- 
mit themselves to what SigEp stands for. 
Participating in the Ritual and giving 
the Charge made me realize that SigEp 
is living up to the statement of founder 
Carter Ashton Jenkens that, "This 
Fraternity will be different." 

The 2012 Tragos Quest to Greece is 
the highlight of my Fraternity experi- 
ence. It was very rewarding in the land 
of Socrates to use the Socratic method to 
draw out these outstanding young men 
and learn how they viewed the world 
and the many issues facing them. I had 
become jaded by the superficial commu- 
nication prevalent in today's world of 
social media. Interacting with these men 
outside of their normal world allowed me 
to understand the character and commit- 
ment of our student leaders and made me 
truly proud to call them Brother. 

Learn more about the 
program at 

10 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 

Sound Mind and Sound Body 

Member development is a 
means for academic success 

By TYLER BOGGESS, Drake '10, Chapter Services Director-East 

Some may believe 
that personal 
academic success is 
achieved, in part, by 
not putting too much 
time into extracur- 
ricular activities, 
like SigEp. Chapters 
are careful not to 
schedule too many 
programs so broth- 
ers have enough 
time and energy to 
maintain a good GPA 
and eventually get a 
good job. 

Chapters should 
enable academic 
success, and SigEp 
programming and 
academic achieve- 
ments don't need to 
compete. Indeed, 
that's why our 
emphasis on beating 
the all-campus aver- 
age is so crucial. It's 
one of the best ways 
to demonstrate that 
the SigEp experience 
enables brothers 
to perform better 
academically than 
if they were not 
members of SigEp. 

the math f 

FALL 2011* 

The best SigEp 
chapters work to 
create a culture of 
academic focus and 
success, driven by 
the integration of 
academic support into 
member develop- 
ment. Imagine what 
can happen when we 
put less emphasis 
on memorization of 
random facts or insig- 
nificant tasks, and 
more emphasis on 
preparing for success 
inside the classroom. 
Think about the 
possibilities if we cut 
out the less practical 
elements of our devel- 
opment programs, 
and replaced them 
with skills and steps 
that our brothers will 
use to get more out of 

Chapters can 
accomplish this inte- 
gration in multiple 
ways. Establish a 
program or challenge 
requirement where 
members have to 
meet with three of 

their professors in 
person. Incorporate 
your faculty fellow by 
asking him or her to 
speak to brothers on 
time management. 
Have mentors meet 
with their mentees 
to identify three 
new study skills and 
effective habits in 
college. Reward and 
recognize brothers 
for success in the 
classroom. Start a 
"fantasy academics" 
league, and have 
teams of brothers 
compete for the 
highest GPA each 
semester. Have 
mentors advise 
mentees on their 
class schedule each 
semester to ensure 
they are taking the 
best classes. The 
possibilities go on. 

Let's put the 
misconception to 
rest: Academic 
success is achieved 
through SigEp, not 
in spite of it. 

Member GPA (48 
chapters reporting) 

Member GPA (198 
chapters reporting) 

Pledging Model 
Member GPA (34 
chapters reporting) 

the nearest hundredth of a point 

of 206 
chapters reporting 
are #1 on campus 
(25 percent) 

chapters are 
below 2.6 

of 198 
chapters reporting 
all-campus average 
were above it 

SigEp's GPA Top 25 

SigEp honors these top 25 schools that have 
established a high bar for academic achieve- 
ment for fall 2011. Congratulate them and 
emulate them! 

Check out 
the Dubach 
Dean's list 

The Fall 
list of 
all 126 
SigEp chapters with 
a GPA above the 
all-campus average 
is available online at 
html. This listing is 
shared through the 
Sound Bite, our under- 
graduate e-newsletter. 




1 Stanford 



2 Yale 



3 Georgetown 



4 NYU 



5 American 



6 St. John's 



7 Cornell 



8 Chicago 



9 Washington in St. Louis 3.50 


10 Alaska-Fairbanks 



11 Columbia 



12 Nebraska RLC 



13 Southern Methodist RLC 3.46 


14 Montana State RLC 



15 Pennsylvania 



16 Duke 



17 Dartmouth 



18 Davidson 



19 Washington 



20 Miami (Florida) 



21 Georgia RLC 



22 Minnesota RLC 



23 Rochester 



24 Illinois RLC 



25 Ohio State RLC 



SEC chapters are in italics 
RLC-Residential Learning Community 

25 exceed all-campus average 
by .25 or more 

1 Central Arkansas 3.35 2.77 

2 Stetson 2.94 2.41 

3 Montana State RLC 3.46 2.98 

4 Toledo RLC 3.27 2.8 

5 St. John's 3.53 3.07 

6 Nebraska RLC 3.47 3.03 

7 Maine RLC 3.34 2.91 

8 Arkansas Tech 3.14 2.75 

9 American 3.55 3.17 

10 San Diego State RLC 3.21 2.84 

11 St. Joseph's 3.20 2.83 

12 Georgia Southern 3.09 2.72 

13 Murray State 3.25 2.89 

14 Memphis RLC 3.13 2.77 

15 Emporia State 3.11 2.75 

16 Alabama 3.33 3.01 

17 Barton 3.14 2.83 

18 Southern Mississippi 2.92 2.61 

19 Oregon State RLC 3.23 2.94 

20 Wichita State 3.19 2.9 

21 Cincinnati RLC 3.31 3.03 

22 South Dakota State 3.32 3.04 

23 Southern Methodist RLC 3.46 3.19 

24 Western Kentucky 2.98 2.71 

25 Randolph - Macon 2.92 2.67 




















































SEC chapters are in italics 
RLC-Residential Learning Community 



Region 1 

6 out of 10 schools 

above ACA, Region 


Region 2 

12 of 20 schools 

above ACA, Region 


Region 3 

12 of 17 schools 

above ACA, Region 


Region 4 

8 of 17 schools 
above ACA; Region 


Region 5 

12 of 19 schools 

above ACA, Region 


Region 6 

9 of 19 schools 
above ACA, Region 










St. John's 





Maine RLC 





















St. Joseph's 
Johns Hopkins 
Stevens Tech RLC 





Christopher Newport 




Georgia Southern 
Jacksonville State 
Georgia RLC 
Miami (Florida) 


Toledo RLC 
Cincinnati RLC 
Ohio State RLC 




3.27 0.12 













Western Michigan 3.09 0.14 




Arkansas Tech 3.14 

Murray State 3.25 

Memphis RLC 3.13 

Southern Mississippi 2.92 

Western Kentucky 2.98 














Starting in the Spring 2011 Journal, SigEp began recognizing 
every chapter that achieves a GPA above their all-campus 
average. This aligns with our strategic plan, which calls for 
every chapter to be above this benchmark. For the Fall 2011 
semester, 126 of 198 chapters reporting hit this mark. 
Chapters are grouped based on their region of the country. The 
top five chapters in each region, ranked based on how much they 
exceed their ACA, are listed here. 

The complete Dubach Dean's List of chapters above their ACA is 
available online at 

All data reflects the Fall 2011 semester. 

12 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 

This graph pits 
different athletic 
conferences against 
each other. It displays 
which conferences are 
contributing the strongest 
grades and highest 
manpower across the 
country. We also recognize 
the school in each 
conference that has the 
highest overall GPA 
and which is highest 
above their ACA. 

Many schools have 
switched athletic 
conferences over the last 
year. These groupings 
are based on the 2011-12 
basketball season. 




University Athletic 

Patriot League 

Big Ten 

Pacific 12 


Atlantic 10 

Big East 


Mountain West 

Conference USA 

Big 12 

Missouri Valley 



Big Sky 



Ohio Valley 

Big West 

Sun Belt 







Conference Total 
GPA Manpower 



above ACA 


Carnegie Mellon* 



Oregon State* 

Georgia Southern 


St. John's 

Miami (Florida) 

San Diego State* 



Wichita State 

Old Dominion 

Montana State* 


Central Arkansas 

Murray State 

California - Riverside 

Western Kentucky 








St. Louis 



Texas Christian* 

Southern Methodist* 

Kansas State 


William and Mary 

Montana State* 

Central Arkansas 

Murray State 

California - Irvine 

Florida International 


Monmouth RLC 
Illinois RLC 
Indiana RLC 
Michigan Tech 


Nebraska RLC 
South Dakota State 
Minnesota RLC 
North Dakota RLC 
Kansas State RLC 


Central Arkansas 
Emporia State 
Wichita State 

Methodist RLC 
Oklahoma RLC 


Montana State RLC 
Oregon State RLC 
Washington State RLC 
Colorado State 


San Diego State RLC 
Fresno State 
Southern California 







































Region 7 

12 of 21 schools 
above ACA, Region 
GPA of 3.09 

Region 8 

14 of 22 schools 
above ACA, Region 
GPA of 3.14 

Region 9 

14 of 17 schools 
above GPA, Region 
GPA of 3.08 

Region 10 

7 of 11 schools 
above GPA, Region 
GPA of 3.10 

Region 11 

13 of 18 schools 
above ACA, Region 
GPA of 3.09 

Italics indicates Sigma Epsilon Chapter 
RLC-Residential Learning Community 


Varsity Scholar Athletes 

Multi-sport athlete runs on all cylinders 

Check out 

View a list of varsity 
athletes at chapters 
across the nation at 

By MATT SMITH, Drake '12 

Francis Garcia, 
Stevens Tech '13, 

has applied his 
"never-stop" mindset 
to nearly everything 
he does. He has to. 
Garcia is an electri- 
cal engineering 
major with above a 
3.6 GPA. Outside of 
the classroom, he's 
been a leader on his 
track and cross coun- 
try teams, and he's 
even spent time with 
the fencing team, and 
he's active in SigEp. 

"There've been 
many times when 
I've thought to 
myself that I should 
quit running or I 
should stop being 
so involved with 
my chapter," Garcia 
said. "But where 
would that leave 
me? Nowhere." This 
honesty is what 

keeps him motivated. 

He has to stay 
focused with a 
rigorous training 
schedule of morning 
runs and condition- 
ing workouts for 
both track and cross 
country. "At the end 
of the day, whatever 
I accomplished on 
my run is due to me 
making it happen," 
he said. "Being part 
of a team is great, 
but there isn't a feel- 
ing quite like doing 
something entirely 
through your own 
strength and power." 
And while fencing 
was not as demand- 
ing physically as 
his other sports, 
Garcia admits it is 
demanding in other 
ways. "The sport 
of fencing is a lot 
more technical than 

Francis Garcia, Stevens 
Tech '13 

distance running, 
and at times it can be 
a lot more mentally 

Garcia chose to be 
active in the chapter 
on top of his athletic 
and academic 
commitments. He's 
held positions on his 
chapter's standards 
board, as its sigma 
coordinator, and as 
its Balanced Man 
Scholarship chair. 

Many of his 
brothers wonder 
what would happen 
if Garcia were on 
the executive board. 
"One of my brothers 
joked that if I ever 
held a VP position 
and focused on one 
part of the house, 
everything else 
would fall apart 
because there would 
suddenly be a million 
positions to fill," 
Garcia said. 

He sees his 
involvement as a 
personal investment 
in the chapter. "At 
the end of the day," 
he said, "the best 
part of being so 
involved is seeing 
all the things you 
have accomplished 
exist as self-sustain- 
ing entities whether 
it's a sports team or 
SigEp," he said. 

Garcia credits 
his success to being 
surrounded by so 
many older brothers 
who were successful. 
The Ritual of Sigma 
Phi Epsilon keeps 
him grounded and 
as he puts it, "helps 
me remember what's 
truly important in 
life." His hope is that 
the younger brothers 
in his chapter notice 
his involvement and 
are inspired to do the 
same. He knows it's 
possible, "because 
if I can do it, anyone 
can do it. 

"The way I see 
it," he said, "there's 
always going to be 
work to do, whether 
it's for my team or 
my Fraternity, and 
I'm going to keep on 
doing work for the 
benefit of both." 

Injuries don't slow javelin thrower 

Smith, a sports manage- 
ment major, stays on point 
with his impressive javelin 
throws, a 3.62 GPA and 
never-give-up attitude. 

By MATT SMITH, Drake '12 

Kyle Smith, Southern Mississippi '12, knows his 
priorities. "My parents got through to me at an early 
age to stay on top of academics so you don't have trouble 
keeping up," Smith said. And without having to worry 
about his grades, Smith can focus his time on his sport, 
the javelin, and his Fraternity, SigEp. 

Smith's 3.62 GPA wasn't as much an accomplishment 
for him as it was a necessity. "You have to have grades to 
be an athlete and you have to have grades to be a SigEp," 
he said. "And I've got a great support team in both." 

Without this support he probably wouldn't hold the 
record for javelin at Southern Mississippi. During his 
junior year he threw a whopping 238'1" at the Tiger 
Track Classic. That was also the second year he was 
named an Academic Ail-American. 

Among his other accomplishments are a fifth place 
finish at the USA Track and Field Junior Championships 
his freshman year, first place finishes at the Tiger Track 
Classic and the Alabama Relays his sophomore year, and 
the Conference USA title his junior year. 

His hard work in the classroom is matched by a 
never-give-up attitude on the field. In January 2012, 
Smith tore his meniscus forcing him to sit out for three 
months. And that May, he tore the ulner collateral liga- 

ment in his right elbow— his throwing elbow. 

"As soon as SigEps found out, they were there to 
support me," Smith said. "I don't know what I would've 
done without them there pushing me through and 
supporting me." 

Smith could've called it quits. He graduated in May 
with a bachelor's degree in sports management and a 
surgery scheduled for his elbow in June. But instead of 
giving up, Smith entered graduate school. 

"I plan on taking a medical red-shirt this upcoming 
season, and I'm applying for a sixth year of eligibility to 
compete in the 2014 season," Smith said. 

In between studying and rehabilitation for his elbow, 
you can find Smith spending time with his SigEp broth- 
ers. "My closest friends are still actives," he said. "I'm 
not as distant as everyone else who graduated." Smith is 
especially eager to help his home chapter with recruit- 
ment. "I told them I'm here to meet with anybody I can 
relate to," he said. 

He'll tell them balancing grades, athletics, and SigEp 
can be tough. "You really have to learn time manage- 
ment, you constantly improve on it," Smith said. And 
Smith has learned it well. 

14 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 

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Georgia SigEps raise over $50,000 on East Coast bike trek 

By JOHN KOWALSKI, Virginia Commonwealth '12 

Last spring, two SigEps from Georgia 
were preparing to embark on a 1,400 mile 
bike trip along the East Coast during 
summer break. With determination and 
a lofty goal, Zach Jones, 13, and Luke 
Mosley, '12, set out on the adventure. 

The trip was an effort to raise money 
for the Rally Foundation, a non-profit 
organization founded to support childhood 
cancer research. In less than two months, 
Jones and Mosley raised nearly $51,000, 
topping an ambitious goal of $50,000. 

They stopped in many cities includ- 
ing Charlotte, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; 
Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia and New 
York, visiting hospitals, families and 
children battling cancer. 

In each city, a different family played 
host to them, some of whom had lost kids 
to cancer. "Hanging out with all the fami- 
lies was a huge blessing. It was so cool to 
sit around the dinner table and listen to 
their stories," Jones said. 

Many of the donations they received 
were from people with sparked curi- 
osity. "Folks just on the street would 
donate," said Jones. "We would stop at 
gas stations to get snacks and refuel, 
and people came over and talked to us 
and asked about what we were doing and 
made donations on the spot." 

The experience was eye opening for 
them. In visiting the hospitals and health 
care facilities, the two realized the effect 
private support has on the research and 
work done by the doctors. 

"I was blown away. I had no idea 
how much [the doctors] rely on private 

The brothers celebrate their final ride from Athens to Atlanta, Ga. From left, Hannah Dahm (Jones' fiancee), Zach Jones, '13, 
Rally Kids Nolan and Lindsay, Luke Mosley, '12, and Ryan Gaffney. 

"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but 

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support," said Jones. "Private grants and 
donations is a huge way these doctors 
continue the research to fight this battle 
of childhood cancer. There's limited 
government funding because most of it 
goes to adult cancer research." 

Jones relates the experience to dili- 
gence. The two woke up early every day 
and battled muscle cramps, heat, hills, 
blown tires, angry drivers and anything 
else the day would throw at them. They 
taped maps from Google to their handle- 
bars and used them as their sole guide 
for navigation. But Google's bike direc- 
tions are only in the Beta version, so 
they were a bit unreliable. "Sometimes 

they worked, sometimes they were way 
off track," said Jones. 

Mosley is at Vanderbilt for medical 
school, and Jones is graduating in May. 
Jones is also taking the LSAT in October 
in his journey to attend law school. 
The two joined SigEp at the same time 
and went through the Sigma challenge 
together. Jones is set to be married in 
June, and Mosley is one of the groomsmen. 

"Riding with him every day and enjoy- 
ing the experience... that's the bond the 
Fraternity gave us. I don't see it happening 
outside of a place like SigEp," said Jones. 

"I don't know if we would have had this 
idea had SigEp not pushed us to think 

A Rally family was invited to meet the team that would be 
riding to raise money for the much needed research. From 
left, Mosley, Rally Kid Sarah, and Jones. 

16 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 

Top: The riders head from Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., into 
Manhattan. Bottom: Rally riders (red shirts) awarded 
cancer researcher Dr. Jonathan Gill (center) a $40,000 
grant for his work with solid tumor research. 

outside the box and push ourselves to 
be better," said Jones. "They challenge 
us to want more out of our college 

The service-oriented cyclists also 
received a great deal of support from 
their chapter brothers. When they 
returned to Athens, Ga., most people 
in the crowd to welcome them back 
were SigEps. "It was so cool that even 
though it was summer and a lot of 
guys were not in town, they showed up 
to support us," said Jones. 

Michigan brother and his football team 
get a dose of Navy SEALs training 

By ALEX PROSPERI, Michigan '10 

Charlie Zeller, 
Michigan '13, is a 
proud member of the 
University of Michi- 
gan varsity football 
team. Zeller, a safety, 
walked onto the team 
in 2010 and was a part 
of the 2011 team that 
won the Sugar Bowl, 
beating Virginia Tech 

This past May, 
Zeller was one 
of 22 seniors to 
participate in the 
Senior Leadership 
Trip organized by 
Michigan Head Coach 
Brady Hoke. The most 
extreme part of the 
trip was a four-hour 
training session with 
the Navy SEALs at 
Naval Amphibious 
Base Coronado in 
Coronado, Calif. 

Zeller said the 
anticipation leading 
up to the Navy SEALs 
training session 
was like driving to 
Michigan Stadium for 
a football game- 

The seniors were 
put through rigorous 
and daunting physical 
and mental exercises, 
including running one 
mile through sand 

to their classroom, 
learning SEAL values 
and training methods, 
and the most difficult 
of all— splitting into 
teams of six and 
performing various 
exercises carrying a 
250-pound log. 

Zeller was able to 
find direct connec- 
tions from his Navy 
SEAL training to 
SigEp's cardinal 
principles, Virtue, 
Diligence and 
Brotherly Love. 

Virtue: "By 
committing to the 
training, we— as 
seniors— showed that 
we are all passionate 
about a goal bigger 
than anything we 
could accomplish 
individually We 
knew that the train- 
ing wasn't going to 
be fun, but we were 
there to build leader- 
ship skills to take 
back to Ann Arbor 
and pass on to our 
younger teammates 
so we could improve 
as one unit." 

Diligence: "If 
any one of us 
stopped listening 
to commands for 
just one second and 

missed a direction, 
you cost the entire 
team 20 on-command 
push-ups. We had 
to be on point 100 
percent of the time to 
make sure we weren't 
letting the team 

Brotherly Love: 
"During training, 
we truly learned 
the importance of 
teamwork. When we 
were carrying the 
250-pound logs and 
you wanted nothing 
more than to let go 
and take a break, 
you had to look to 
your side and realize 
that those were your 
brothers, and that 
you weren't enduring 
pain for yourself, but 
rather for them." 

AVC President 
Jerry Mangona, '01, 
agreed and added, 
"We are working 
to phase in a Sound 
Body requirement 
to all phases of 
the Balanced Man 
Program. I'm very 
excited about an 
inspiring meeting 
with Sound Body 
chairs Zach Petroni, 
'13, and Matt Lyon, 13." 

"We all stand 

so much to gain 
from pushing the 
boundaries of our 
physical limits," said 
Mangona. "Whether 
that's stringing 
together your first 
three-mile run or 
enduring elite levels 
of physical challenge 
is irrelevant. Brother 
[Frank J.] Ruck's 
genius was in teach- 
ing that a Sound Mind 
and a Sound Body 
mutually reinforce 
and improve each 

Zeller's biggest 
takeaway from the 
Navy SEALs training 
was realizing his 
own mental strength 
capacity. "At times I 
was exhausted and 
just wanted for it to be 
over, but I kept their 
advice in mind and 
fought through the 
pain, realizing that it 
was only temporary I 
definitely have a long 
way to go in my own 
'mental training,' but 
the SEALs taught 
me that the key to 
success in anything in 
life is to be mentally 

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Brother turns to social media to help cure cystic fibrosis 

By D. MICHAEL LAMB, Tulane '11 

In a world of constant distraction, living 
a balanced life can be difficult to achieve. 
For some it comes naturally, and that is 
the case with my SigEp brother, Coby. 

Jacob "Coby" Kramer-Golinkoff, 
Tulane 13, is one of the most remarkable 
and accomplished people I know. As a 
senior business management major and 
a member of Tulane's men's tennis team, 
his daily life is much different from the 
typical college student; however, what he 
does with his free time truly makes him 
an inspiration. 

Within the past year, my SigEp brother 
has founded and successfully managed his 
own non-profit focused on raising money 
and awareness for the campaign to find a 
cure for the chronic and ultimately fatal 
disorder, cystic fibrosis. Named in honor 
of his sister suffering from the condition, 
the organization Emily's Entourage looked 
to utilize social circles like the Fraternity 
and the new wave of social media to help 
spread the word. 

"We launched the campaign by email- 
ing our closest friends and posting a 
video on Facebook and Twitter. We 
encouraged our network of friends to not 
only donate but to pass the message on," 
Kramer-Golinkoff said. "We witnessed 
the message erupt." In an age of social 
media dominance, he stimulated user 

Coby and his sisters presented at a TED conference earlier this year about youth activism in the era of social media. 
They explained how they took an idea they formed in their living room and launched their organization, which has raised 
over $200,000. 

The Philadelphia Eagles have shown great support for Emily's 
Entourage, which was honored on the field at a New Year's 
Day game. From left, Coby's sisters Julia and Emily, and Coby. 

participation by encouraging friends and 
family to reply or re-tweet messages or 
events. "We also kicked off a campaign 
called 'Where in the World is Emily's 
Entourage?' encouraging people to buy 
an EE shirt, take a picture of themselves 
in a goofy pose or iconic location and then 
post it on our page. This type of active 
participation has 
been vital to our 
success." That 
success translated 
to over $200,000, 
the amount raised 
through Emily's 
Entourage so far. 

success has not 
gone unnoticed, 
and this past 
spring he was 
recognized on 


as an up-and-coming leader for social 
change. He was recently asked to speak 
about Emily's Entourage at a national 
TEDx event. It was the influence of his 

11 My sister does 
everything in 
her power to 
live a normal 
life; it seems 
ridiculous for 
me not to do 
everything in 
my power to 
help. Her spirit 
drives me." 

brothers within the Tulane Chapter that 
pushed him to bring his ideas to fruition. 
"Knowing that I have an army of brothers 
in support of my cause was empowering," 
he said. "The widespread commitment 
from the brotherhood was astounding. 
Much of the success is due to those guys." 

As he starts his senior year, Kramer- 
Golinkoff plans to build on the success 
EE has seen and looks to pass his charge 
on to anyone he can. "My sister does 
everything in her power to live a normal 
life; it seems ridiculous for me not to do 
everything in my power to help. Her spirit 
drives me." 

QTo find out more, visit To see 
his TED talk, go to YouTube and 
search for Golinkoff. 

18 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 

Davis visited an infusion center last year where cancer patients receive treatment. He is 
giving this little girl an activity packet in hopes of offering some fun and a distraction from 
the treatment she needs to receive. 

Childhood cancer survivor helps kids 
battle the disease 

By DAVID WENZEL, Cincinnati '06 

Brad Davis, Loyola 
Marymount '14, who 

battled acute lympho- 
blastic leukemia in 
his teenage years, 
has used this life- 
changing experience 
to create positive 
change in the lives of 

As a teenager 
going through 
chemotherapy, spinal 
taps and other pain- 
ful procedures, he 
and his mother chose 
to create The BRAD 
Fund (Benefiting 
Research, Achieving 
Dreams) in 2007. 
They created this 
non-profit organiza- 
tion just weeks after 
his diagnosis, as he 
knew he was going to 
be alright (he had an 
85 percent survival 
rating). Davis said, "I 
knew this was only 
the case because of 
the money raised 
before my time by 
others and their 
families in the past. 
I felt that it was my 
turn to give back and 
continue the tradition 
of donating so that 
one day, every child 
diagnosed with any 
form of cancer would 
be told they were 
going to be okay, and 
the ultimate dream 

of cancer no longer 

Davis created 
the BRAD Fund 
to make sure all 
donations go toward 
cancer research, as 
well as, helping to 
brighten the lives 
of children while 
undergoing treat- 
ment at hospitals. 
The organization 
allocates part of the 
money to purchase 
stuffed animals, 
games and LeapFrog 
learning laptops 
for young children 
who are unable to 
attend school while 
undergoing treat- 
ment. "We not only 
want to focus on the 
technical aspect of 
cancer research for 
future generations, 
but we want to help 
and focus on those 
who currently have 
cancer and are fight- 
ing for their lives," 
Davis explained. 

Davis' biggest 
life lesson to date 
is to rely on others 
to help you achieve 
your goals and 
dreams. He believes, 

"We cannot make it 
through this world 
alone. Though we 
are all individuals 
who, in one way or 
another, have sepa- 
rate goals, dreams, 
and ambitions, we 
must rely on the 
love and support of 
each other to most 
likely achieve our 
individual goals." 
The brothers of 
California Chi 
support Davis and 
the BRAD Fund, and 
have raised aware- 
ness and several 
thousand dollars 
for the non-profit 
since he joined the 

"The most 
important aspect 
of life is teamwork. 
Whether it is getting 
better while fighting 
cancer, getting over a 
heart break or deal- 
ing with a bad day 
at school or work, 
we all rely on those 
around us, those 
who we love, for the 
strength and support 
to keep on fighting 
until a better day." 

Randolph Macon 
obtains charter 

By BRADFORD PLASHA, Randolph Macon '12 

Last spring, Randolph Macon brothers gathered in Washington- 
Franklin Hall, where the SEC holds chapter meetings. This 
gathering was different. After seven years of planning, the 
brothers were to receive their charter. 

The chapter first met with alumni and invited guests to set goals 
for the next three years. With the Virginia Zeta charter in hand, 
the next item on the agenda is to become a Residential Learning 
Community. The chapter holds the highest GPA on campus among 
Greek organizations and plans to keep raising the bar. 

Brothers also performed the Sigma Rite of Passage for the 
chapter's newest brothers in front of several alumni. Dustin 
Baellow, 13, said, "That was one of the coolest things that I 
have taken part in." 

Meanwhile, the wives, girlfriends, Dean of Students and 
other invited guests attended the chapter history session. 
There, one spouse of an alumnus asked her husband, "When 
are you going to tell me what really happens behind those 
doors?" Though she can't observe the Ritual, the chapter 
strives to live out the values of the Ritual every day. 


For more information, you 
can visit 

The banquet was the main event. Keynote speaker and 
former Grand President Archie Yeatts, Richmond '64, chal- 
lenged everyone to face the giants in the chapter. AVC President 
Burke Morton, '81, was surprised with a Volunteer of the Year 
award at the banquet. The highlight came when Executive 
Director Brian Warren, Virginia '04, presented the charter 
amidst thunderous applause and blinding flashes from all the 
cameras in the crowd capturing the long-anticipated moment. 

Finally, the brothers joined hands and sang the Anthem. Bob 
Fitch, '69, remarked, "I cannot believe that I still remember 
those words." Guest and Student Government President Robin 
Porucznik said, "It was a great experience to learn about the 
Fraternity's values as well as see the chapter come together 
and perform their anthem. I am glad I was able to be a part of 
this banquet." 


Three chapter presidents intern together 

By MATT SMITH, Drake '12 

While at his school's career fair, Kyle 
Zibrowski, Iowa State '12, paid a visit 
to the Flint Hills Resources table. He 
knew that an internship at an oil refinery 
would be invaluable experience as part 
of his mechanical engineering degree. 
So he applied for the internship at Flint 
Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery in 
Rosemount, Minn. 

Zibrowski would make it to the final 
interview and find a common connec- 
tion along the way. During a networking 
session with employees and current 
interns, he was overheard talking about 
his chapter by one of the other applicants 
in the room. 

"Scott overheard me talking to another 
Iowa State Greek about things with our 
new house, and he approached me once 
the night was over," Zibrowski said. It 
was Scott Palmer, Minnesota 13, another 
mechanical engineering SigEp interview- 
ing at the refinery. They began talking 
and soon realized they shared something 
else in common— both were chapter 

"When I found out he was a president 
too, I felt an instant connection because 
I could relate to his story," Palmer said. 
Both were hired by Flint Hills. "When 
I found out that Kyle was also hired, I 
honestly was not surprised. I know that 
SigEp's leadership events and member 
development program are instrumental 
in shaping high-achieving students and 
impactful leaders." 

On the first day of the internship 
program, the company took out the new 
hires for a day of ice breakers and fun 
to get them better acquainted with one 
another. "During our first intern event, 
I mentioned I was in a Fraternity called 
SigEp, which was when Eric perked up 

'I have to admit it was pretty 
cool to discover this and just 
how far SigEps reach across 
the nation." -UNDHOLM 

From left, SigEp brothers Eric Lindholm, Michigan Tech "12, Scott Palmer, Minnesota '13, and Kyle Zibrowski, Iowa State '12, 
figured out quickly that they were fellow SigEps all looking for a challenging hard-hat experience over the summer. Their 
intern group at Flint Hill Resources Pine Bend Refinery (below). 

and shared his SigEp background," 
said Palmer. 

"We started discussing what positions 
we held within our respective chapter 
and it just so happened we were all presi- 
dents," said Eric Lindholm, Michigan 
Tech '12. "I have to admit it was pretty 
cool to discover this and just how far 
SigEps reach across the nation." 

Chapter experience helps 
on the job 

All three agree they were able to thrive 
in their internships in part due to their 
prior experiences as SigEp chapter presi- 
dents. "One of the most important lessons 
I learned as chapter president was how 
to make confident decisions," Zibrowski 
said. Palmer added that being president 
especially helped while interviewing for 
the job. "I was able to draw on my experi- 
ences during the interviews to address 
almost any situation," said Palmer. 

These lessons proved to be important 
when it came to their work at the refin- 
ery. Zibrowski worked as a reliability 
engineer with rotating equipment. His 
team is in charge of pumps, compres- 

sors, turbines and blowers to name a few. 
"It's our job to make sure that things run 
smoothly," he said. "When you're talking 
about pieces of equipment that are rotat- 
ing at a thousand rotations per minute in 
weather conditions that are not always 
ideal, it can be a challenge to keep the 
equipment operating properly." 

Lindholm worked in the fixed reliabil- 
ity technical group. This summer he got 
the chance to work with all fixed equip- 
ment in the refinery like piping, hoses 
and heat exchangers. He even had the 
chance to help develop a new hose stan- 
dard for use in the refinery. And Palmer's 
internship was as a project manager. 
His role was to manage a project from 
start to finish while managing available 
resources in order to meet the objectives 
and deadlines of the project. 

Outside of work, the three shared 
stories and gave each other best practices 
about chapter life. "Since my chapter has 
been working on improving our member 
development," Lindholm said, "just 
having those additional resources from 
other chapters to bounce ideas off of and 
help improve my own chapter is great." 

20 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 

SigEp captures unrest in his native Morocco 

By MITCH GOLDICH, Lehigh '09 

Many SigEps have kept a careful eye on 
the political upheaval in the Middle East 
and North Africa over the past several 
years. Nadir Bouhmouch, San Diego State 
13, kept a camera on it. Bouhmouch, a 
native Moroccan, returned to his home 
country last summer, collecting film for 
two new projects. 

The fledgling filmmaker's first 
documentary, "My Makhzen & Me" 
was released in February, to mark the 
one-year anniversary of the start of 
demonstrations in Morocco now known 
as the February 20th Movement. The 
film was screened in 18 cities across 
seven countries. 

A double major in film and interna- 
tional security, Bouhmouch had planned 
on shooting an apolitical film last 
year, because the country's beautiful 
landscapes are well known. When his 
camera was confiscated by the govern- 
ment upon his arrival, the theme of his 
film quickly changed. 

"That inspired me to shoot a film about 
one of the bureaucracies, the National 
Center of Cinema," he said. "They regu- 
late all the films that are produced in 
Morocco, they grant permission for you to 
shoot, and anything against the govern- 
ment won't be allowed." 

Nadir Bouhmouch, San Diego State '13, is a budding filmmaker 
ring in Morocco. He has smuggled his camera into the country 

every day," he explained. "I was lucky. I 
decided I wasn't going to shoot this movie 
about the National Center of Cinema, I 
was going to shoot about this movement." 
The project could have come to a halt if 
his footage, which the government knew 
nothing about, had been confiscated as he 
exited the country. Bouhmouch smuggled 
the tape out in a 


take risks to be 
able to make 
any change. 
it can be to my 
detriment, but 
I'm willing to do 

that." -BOUHMOUCH 

Bouhmouch and his cinematographer set up a shot for one of his documentaries. His latest 
project recounts the suicide of a 16-year-old rape victim who was forced to marry her abuser. 

But the film evolved again when 
revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia helped 
jumpstart the February 20th Movement. 
Bouhmouch was discovering things he 
never knew about his country, and he 
wanted to share them with the world. 

"Because I was wealthy growing up, 
I never saw things that poor people saw 

carry-on bag, while 
he did his best to 
evade police suspi- 

The first movie 
was a bold state- 
ment with a tone 
of defiance. "Many 
filmmakers or 
artists in Morocco 
censor them- 
selves," he said. 
"But I don't want to 
give out a moder- 
ate criticism. I want to go all out, prove 
what's really wrong and do it in a defiant 
way. It's the right time for change." 
Bouhmouch smuggled his camera 
back into the country this summer for 
his latest project, about a 16-year-old 
rape victim, who committed suicide after 
the government forced her to marry her 

determined to make bold statements about the events occur- 
several times to capture uprisings and injustices. 

abuser. The powerful film features inter- 
views with the victim's family and the 
rapist's family. Bouhmouch even spoke 
to the rapist, though he elected not to be 
shown on camera. 

Bouhmouch has also founded the 
Guerrilla Cinema Collective, which he 
describes as, "A call for filmmakers to 
make films in Morocco without govern- 
ment authorization." He likens it to 
guerrilla warfare, where the fighters are 
armed with cameras as their weapons. 

He also collected footage on his most 
recent trip for a documentary about the 
difficulties of filming in Morocco. He 
wants to show not just the injustices 
going on in the country, but the obstacles 
imposed on those trying to shed light 
on them. 

Bouhmouch knows that may be 
making it difficult for him to ever live 
and work in his native country, but he 
has no plans to stop. 

"People have to take risks to be 
able to make any change," he said. 
"Unfortunately it can be to my detriment, 
but I'm willing to do that." 

He will release his second film in 
January 2013. 


A Century of 
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For over 100 years, 
SigEps have fought in wars 

and protected American 

reedoms. In this issue of the 

Journal, we honor them by 

looking at the impact of war 

on the Fraternity's history, 

earning more about notable 

oldiers and military leaders, 

and seeing how today's 
military brothers find each 
other in military outposts 
and on social media sites, 
ommon among these stories 
the connection between the 
onor of military service and 
he values embraced by the 
Fraternity. SigEp Soldiers, 
Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and 
Guardsmen find a familiar 
home in both worlds. And 
when they come together, 

brotherhood prevails. 
We cannot begin to capture 

the full scope of impact 

SigEp brothers have had on 

nilitary service in more than 

entury. This series attempts 

to give Journal readers a 

oss-section of contributions 

rom our brothers in arms. 

The SigEp Journal would 

like to thank Renato Villacorte, 

CalPoly-Pomona '91, for serving as 

a guest editor of this 

special section. 

Sigma Phi Epsilon and War 

What happened at home when SigEps went off to war? That answer 
changes with each major conflict. With so many college-aged men 
called to serve, fraternal life was significantly impacted during the war 
years. Starting with World War I, Michael Green, California-Berkeley 
'62, takes us through some of the biggest armed conflicts of our time. 
Dr. Green is a longtime volunteer and avid historian of all things SigEp. 
He tapped into previous Journals, material from the book, Our Journey 
of Brotherhood, published in 1999, as well as The Lifetime Responsibil- 
ity of Brotherhood to develop a general overview of how the Fraternity 
was affected by wartime over the last century. 

The Sigma Phi Epsilon 


Vol. XV 

Oct. 20th, 1917 

No. 1 

A Word from the Grand 

To iln* Active and Alumni Members of Sterna Phi Epyilmi: 

World War I 

The First World War was the first war 
that involved Sigma Phi Epsilon. The War 
Department proposed that all fraternities 
be shut down for the duration of the war. 
SigEp Grand Secretary William L. Phillips, 
Richmond 1903, proposed to the War 
Department that fraternities could be a tool 
for recruiting young educated men to be part of 
the war effort. As a result of the efforts of Phillips 
and others, fraternities were not closed by the War 
Department. A number of the universities did close 
their fraternities by curtailing their activities. As 
a result of Phillips' urging in the Journal, Sigma 
Phi Epsilon counted over 3,000 brothers in the war 
effort. The war emptied chapter houses all over 
the country, causing some chapters to go dormant. 
A number of SigEps died during World 
War I, including SigEp founder Frank 
Webb Kerfoot, Richmond 1902, who was 
killed on August 29, 1918, while serving as 
a chaplain for the army. More brothers may 
have died of the Spanish flu, which killed 
over 600,000 Americans, more than were 
killed by the war. Despite the war, Phillips 
opened three new chapters at Montana, 
Oregon State and Kansas State in 1918. The 
chapters that were closed in 1917 and 1918 
resumed full operation by 1920 or 1921. 

SigEp founder Frank 
Webb Kerfoot, 
Richmond 1902, 
was killed on 
August 29, 1918, 
while serving as 
a chaplain for 
the Army. 



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In the early 1940s, 
the brothers at 
the University of 
Pennsylvania Delta 
Chapter found them- 
selves separated and 
dispatched across 
the globe to fight in 
World War II. One 
young graduate, 
Henry "Hank" 
Pope, '43, was kept 
home, ineligible for 
service. So he set out 
to keep the group 
united by collecting 
letters from the 70 
dispersed alumni, 
circulating them 
among the brother- 
hood through a 
newsletter. He 
devoted hundreds 
and hundreds of 
hours to this project 
over nearly three 

Excerpts from 
those actual letters 
were compiled in 
Brothers in War: 
1943-1945, originally 
published in 2004. 
The compilation 
outlines the life 
of war for these 
brave men. Some 
played baseball in 
the Central Pacific. 
Others ran Italian 
railroads. One 

survived 35 combat 
missions over 
Germany. Another 
became a father and 
also a casualty in 
Okinawa. Some lived 
to tell their stories; 
the rest will live on 
in the compilation of 
these letters. 

Letters between 
soldiers and parents 
or loved ones 
have commonly 
been collected or 
published. But 
original World War 
II letters between 
friends are rare. 
This collection is 
unique because 
it is not based on 
memories of 60 
years ago, which 
may be tempered by 
time and subsequent 
life experience. This 
powerful narrative 
takes the reader 
back to 1943-1945, 
to the point in time 
when these letters 
were written. The 
historical signifi- 
cance of Brothers 
In War is its frank 
depiction of the 
feelings of these men 
during wartime. 

Henry Pope, Pennsylvania '43, was recognized at the 2001 Centennial Grand Chapter Conclave 
with the Honor of Philias award for his outstanding display of brotherly love in keeping his 
brothers connected throughout the second World War. Brett Danko, Pennsylvania '90, helped 
edit Brothers in War to capture the letters circulated among the brothers. 

The strength 
of fraternal and 
university bonds 
and their impor- 
tance to these men 
at a pivotal time in 
their lives and in the 
history of the world 
are evidenced both 
in their letters and 
in the newsletters 
produced by Brother 
Pope. The excerpts 
from the letters in 
this book illustrate 
the importance of 
the fraternal bond 
in sustaining these 
men during war 
and giving them 
something to look 
forward to in peace. 

When I asked 
Brother Pope why 
he embarked on 
this project so many 
years ago, he said 
without hesitation, 
"Since I was not 
able to serve in the 
military, I wanted 
to do my part back 
home. I wanted our 
brothers fighting for 
our freedom around 
the world to realize 
that we are all 
together, maybe not 
back at the SigEp 
chapter house, but 
connected in a more 
consequential way- 
through the spirit, 

respect and love of 

Brother Pope 
then added, "Of 
course, each brother 
had their immedi- 
ate family and 
but your fraternity 
brothers share a 
special bond that 
can be stronger 
than simple friend- 
ship. I hoped the 
newsletters would 
serve as a needed 
lift when brothers 
were facing difficult 
times during the 

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Pennsylvania held a War Years Reunion for all graduates from the years 
1942-1949 in 2001. Left to right, Bill Gelbach, '43, Pope, Danko, Conrad 
Eberstein, '65, and Warren Monsees, '42, share a moment some 60 years 
after the war began. 

Brother Pope 
received SigEp's 
highest award for 
Brotherly Love, the 
Honor of Philias 
at the 2001 Grand 
Chapter Conclave. 
Pope never thought 
he was doing 
anything special 
at the time and is 
a bit amused at all 
the attention he 
has received for 
it. "I just wanted 
the brotherhood to 
stay connected and 
to make sure each 
actively serving 
Fraternity brother 
knew they were 
not alone and had 
someone they could 
lean on outside their 
immediate family." 

Thank you 
Brother Pope. Your 
selfless project will 
never be forgotten. 
For more informa- 
tion about the 
book, Brothers in 
War, email brett@ 

Brother dreams about 
SigEp days 

This letter from the book is written by Kenneth 
"Kenny" Wicker, to Henry "Hank" Pope 

February 14, 1944 

(somewhere in Italy, V-Mail) 

"I guess that it is about time that I 
wrote my monthly letter to you. Things 
are pretty hot over here, and at present 
moment I am suffering from a mild case 
of dysentery, which is quite common 
among ills here. Also I am suffering from 
the effects of daydreaming. How, you 
ask me? Well Hank, I often sit down and 
daydream about the great times that 
we used to have at the fraternity. The 
good food, the soft bed, the pool table 
and game room, the good natured gang 
of guys and the weekend dances all 
come back and flash through my mind 
a hundred times a night. That, my dear 
Hank, is really suffering, even more than 
Rodgers does when Housman beats him 
at pool (ha ha). 

Hank, I'd like to write to some of the 
other fellows but didn't. I hardly have 
enough time to write home once a week. 
Say! How are all of your women. Pope? I 
am anxiously awaiting your next letter 
or newspaper." 

On a somber note: Brother Kenny Wicker was 
killed nine days after writing this letter along 
with four other Pennsylvania Delta SigEps 
during WWII. 

World War II 

The bombing of Pearl Harbor 

on December 7, 1941, resulted 

in fraternity houses all over the 

United States being emptied as 

the men volunteered to join the 

war effort. On most campuses, 

over half of the fraternities went 

dormant during the war. SigEp 

was no exception. On some 

campuses, fraternity houses 

remained open because they became locations for 

V-12 officer training. One of those chapters was at 

the University of Michigan where Frank Ruck, 

'46, became a SigEp in 1944. In 1942, William 

L. Phillips, Richmond 1903, retired as Grand 

Secretary. Bill Hindman, Pennsylvania 

'39, became Grand Secretary in 1943, and 

the Executive Committee believed that the 

Fraternity should stay open. The expansion 

started by Hindman began with two new 

chapters that were chartered during 1943 

and 1944, Wyoming and Rutgers. 

The fraternities and sororities as a whole 
were devastated by the Depression. World 
War II made things worse for fraterni- 
ties because so many chapter houses were empty. 
Sororities, on the other hand, flourished during the 
war as many more women went to college. Sigma Phi 
Epsilon fared better than most fraternities because 
it didn't close down as a national Fraternity. The 
debt built during the war was one of the factors that 
led SigEp to sell its Headquarters building in 1946. 
The aftermath of the war brought thousands of GI 
bill students who wouldn't have otherwise 
gone to college. In fraternities like SigEp, the 
nature of fraternity changed. The Fraternity 
became far less protestant and more diverse, 
which eventually led to SigEp doing away 
with segregation before most of the other 
fraternities. SigEp took advantage of the 
influx of students brought to the colleges 
by the GI bill to expand into colleges where 
other fraternities did not wish to expand. 
Sigma Phi Epsilon greatly benefited from 

the new 
installed by 
and Ruck 
in the late 
1940s and 
early 1950s. 

SigEps have a history of finding each other in wartime. The Journal 
reported in May 1942 that Captain Harry D. Kurtz, Ohio State '37, 
left and Corporal Everett 0. Amis, Washington and Lee '39, handled 
public relations work at Keesler Field, Biloxi, Miss. Kurtz served as 
Grand President from 1959-60. 

Aviation Cadets at 
the Enid Army Flying 
School form a "V" 
over Oklahoma's 
quiet plains. Morey 
L. Hodgman, WPI '42, 
graduated from Enid, 
according to the May 
1942 Journal. 


Private Al Becker, 
Lawrence '45, 
sent his photo 
into the Journal 
and it made the 
May 1943 issue. 
He even scribbled 
a note. 


Former Marine Corps Commandant 
discusses leadership in the service and SigEp 

Brother Conway addresses 
his Marines in Musa Quala, 
Afghanistan during his term 
as the 34th Commandant 
of the Marine Corps 

Five years have passed since 
General James T. Conway, 
Southeast Missouri State '69, 

received the SigEp Citation and 
closed his acceptance speech 
with, "Virtually everything I 
needed to know about leader- 
ship in the United States Marine 
Corps, I learned as a part of 
Sigma Phi Epsilon." Now that the 
former Commandant is retired, 
Renato Villacorte, CalPoly- 
Pomona '91, was able to discuss 
leadership issues with one of 
the country's most recognized 
experts for the Journal 

Journal: What officer positions did you hold as a 
SigEp and how did they help you with common chal- 
lenges when you started leading Marines? 

Conway: I was vice president and then president 
of the Missouri Zeta Chapter and went on to be 
president of the IFC my senior year. College leader- 
ship opportunities are there, and people ought 
to take advantage of them if they can. I certainly 
think it helped to prepare me for leadership roles 
in the military. One thing that is uniformly there 
and each leader has to deal with is this whole 
issue of respect vs. like. These are not necessarily 
opposed as a lot of great leaders I know were both 
liked and respected. I think that, as a young leader, 
sometimes there is too much of a tendency to be 
more concerned that your people like you than that 
they respect you. They make choices they think 
are popular as opposed to choices more oriented to 
getting the job done. So, I think every young leader 
has to cross that bridge. That challenge is true for 
both fraternity leadership and military leadership. 

Journal: For students and alumni, our officers are 
challenged with leading their peers. What advice do 
you have on motivating fellow leaders? 

Conway: Of the several "HT^p avpntPV thp 
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the collective style of 
leadership if you want 
to get most value from 
your peers. I feel that it 
is absolutely essential that you have the respect of 
your peers. The collective style is where you bring 
in other peoples' thought processes, you gain buy-in 
and you show that you value their opinion. You seek 
debate, even heavy duty debate, on how you ought 
to go forward. Then, you demand the same amount 
of fervency in support of the chosen course of action 
that you saw in the debate. If you can give people 
that sense of value, that they'll be heard out, that it 
is up to them to make the best case they can in doing 
what they want to do. If you go through that process, 
not micromanaging, not being narcissistic, you have 
a much better chance of leading peers. 

Journal: What advice would you give to the alum- 
nus on how to best mentor the undergraduate into 
successfully leading his chapter? 

Conway: The best way is to establish the framework 
and monitor that, mentor that, but inside of that 
established framework, let the young person have 
a loose rein. Let them exercise their leadership, and 
then step in as needed to keep them on track. You 
also have to instill in the person the right values. 
You're always coming back to those values once 
they're entrenched and part of your basic core. The 
other thing that complements your Marine Corps 
values is individual integrity. Our leadership skills 
are all important, but probably the most important is 
integrity and doing the right things because they're 
the right things to do. If an alumnus, mentor or 
advisor can get that thought process across to the 
undergrad and give them their task, their command- 
er's guidance, give them loose reins, be there to 
assist if they have issues or questions that come up 
to direct them along the path, then you're developing 
leaders. If you tend to over-supervise, micromanage 
or assume the reins yourself, then the person is just 
along for the ride. None of that develops leaders the 
way you can when you give the person authority and 

26 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 


Sigma Phi Epsilon and War 

Journal: Every large organization has to cope 
with individual members who commit embarrass- 
ing or criminal acts. What can we do to minimize 
this in our Fraternity? 

Conway: It gets back to core values and integrity. 
One thing I think we can emphasize that helps 
with Marine officers is this whole idea of reputa- 
tion. I told my sons, at some point, probably at the 
rank of Major, your reputation is as important as 
your paper record. Reputation can be ascertained 
by a short bio, or a call to a former workplace is as 
good as anything you'll find in writing. Once you 
sacrifice that reputation by doing something stupid 
or illegal, it is virtually impossible to completely 
recover. So, I think that at every stage or act, a 
person needs to understand that their reputation 
is at risk. Instilling the value of integrity and 
reputation will hopefully cause people, even in a 
drunken stupor to say, "Hey, I don't think I need to 
do that, man." 

Journal: Lastly, have you come across any SigEps 
in the Marine Corps? 

Conway: I met a lot of people from Southeast 
Missouri in the Marine Expeditionary Force before 
we crossed over into Iraq in 2003. When we got into 
Baghdad and had a little time, I told my adjutant 
to go into our units and look at commanders only, 
Lieutenant Colonel and above, and tell me where 
they went to college. He came back with the info 
that four were from the Naval Academy, three from 
Texas A & M, two from VMI, two from the Citadel, 
one from West Point and six from Southeast 
Missouri State University! He gave me the list and 
four of the six were SigEps! I said you got to be 
kidding me. What a small world. 

The Journal is very grateful for the time and 
knowledge shared by Brother Conway. He is now 
enjoying retirement with his wife, Annette, and 
residing between homes in Pennsylvania and 
Maryland. Brother Conway remains active with 
speaking engagements but also takes time to 
give back through his involvement with wounded 
warrior programs including the Injured Marine 
Semper Fi Fund. 

Korean War 

The Korean War, a Cold War police action, didn't 
affect fraternities in the same way that the two 
World Wars and the Vietnam 
War did. Chapters were faced 
with a reduction of member- 
ship between 1950 and 1953, 
but this didn't lead to the 
wholesale closure of chap- 
ters. Most of the men who 
fought in the Korean War 
were draftees. The draft had 
been an important part of the 
military build up for the Cold 
War. Many college students 
could defer their service to 
their country until after they 
graduated. As with World 
War II, fraternity membership increased in the 
wake of the Korean War, which led to further diver- 
sification in fraternities like SigEp. The expansion 
of the second half of the 1940s continued unabated 
during the Korean War. In 1946, SigEp was 12th in 
number of chapters. In 1956, SigEp was number two 
in the number of chapters. The expansion and the 
diversity that came with it helped fuel the changes 
that occurred from 1955 to 1959. 

SigEps who 
saw duty on the 
Worcester, from 
the November 1953 
issue of the SigEp 

Two smiling Founders formed a welcoming committee for Lieut. Gen. 
Franklin A. Hart, Alabama Alpha, '13, as he visited the Conclave on 
the afternoon of the first day. Founder Carter Ashton Jenkens shakes 
hands with the General, who is commandant of the Marine Corps 
School at Quantico, Va., while Founder William L. Phillips smiles 
broadly. General Hart brought with him for a brief visit to the Conclave 
26 young Marine officers from Quantico, representing nearly as many 
chapters. The General participated at the commemorative exercises on 
the Richmond campus and later enjoyed buffet dinner at the Officers 
Club. Reprinted from the November, 1951 issue of the SigEp Journal. 



Connecting brothers and honoring service 

By RENATO VILLACORTE, Cal-Poly Pomona '91 

My first Conclave 
was the 2001 Centen- 
nial in Washington 
D.C. It was only 
weeks before the 
attacks of September 
11, and the country 
had not been at war 
for any great length 
of time. The public 
recognition of our 
brothers who were 

dress uniforms. That 
was my first picture 
with Brothers Ed 
Jones, Buffalo 
State '96 (USN), 
John Hopson, Jack- 
sonville State '91 
(USA), and Robert 
Lanham, Indiana 
of celebrating and 
recognizing military 

such as Facebook's 
SigEps Who Serve 
group, the SigEp 
Patriots Project, 
Linkedln, alumni 
and volunteer 
networking, and 
simple word of 
mouth, the collection 
of corresponding 
military brothers 
has grown to several 

Armed Services. 
This combined 
bond of SigEp and 
military service has 
created oppor- 
tunities for us to 
celebrate each 
other's accomplish- 
ments and life's 
special events. The 
social media pages 
are now filled with 

In June 2012, SigEpVets rallied local Marine brothers to attend the commission of Davin Heaton, San Diego State '12, to Second Lieutenant. From left are 
Captain Joshua Gregory, Jacksonville State '03, First Lieutenant Dennis Kimbell, San Diego State '65, First Lieutenant Justin LeBlanc, Massachusetts '06, 
Heaton, Sergeant Mike Sherbakov, San Diego State '11, and Sergeant Renato Villacorte, CalPoly-Pomona '91. Semper Fidelis! 

veterans or actively 
serving was not as 
commonplace as it is 
now. However, three 
brothers stood apart 
from the crowd at 
the Alumni Awards 
Dinner as they wore 
their respective 
services' formal 

service at Conclave 
would grow into the 
group of brothers 
known as SigEpVets. 

SigEpVets is a 
network of brothers 
who have bonded 
across social media 
and on military 
posts around the 
world. Through 
various channels, 

hundred veterans 
and currently 
serving members. 
For most brothers, 
it is a continuation 
of the lifestyle of 
SigEp brotherhood 
that they found in 
college, and now it 
spans across every 
branch of the U.S. 

pictures of our 
military brothers 
saluting promo- 
tions, standing up 
for weddings and 
celebrating home- 

This support 
network for military 
brothers has also 

answered the call 
in times of trag- 
edy and sorrow. 
Since the start of 
the Global War on 
Terror, we know 
of 10 brothers who 
have died in Iraq 
and one who was 
killed in Afghani- 
stan. During several 
of these mournful 
times, SigEpVets 
have extended 
sympathies and 
condolences to the 
surviving family 
and local chap- 
ter members. On 
two recent occa- 
sions, a member of 
SigEpVets repre- 
sented the Grand 
President to pass 
on the condolences 
of the Fraternity's 
national leadership. 
We were honored 
to participate in 
our fallen brothers' 
celebrations of life 
and remain ready to 
serve their families. 

SigEpVets have 
also taken the lead 
in honoring the 
legacies of these 
fallen brothers. The 
brothers we lost to 
the Iraq war left us 
with seven young 
children. We are 
making every effort 
to add to the large 
support network 
for these children 
and are teaming up 
with local chapter 

With the help of 
local alumni and 
family friends, 
SigEpVets are 
contributing to the 
growth of the Fallen 

28 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 

Brothers Scholar- 
ship Fund. Set up 
with the Tennes- 
see Alpha Chapter 
alumni through the 
SigEp Educational 
Foundation, funds 
are being collected 
for the three young 
children of Brother 
Trane McCloud, 
Tennessee '89. 
Donors can make a 
tax-deductible dona- 
tion to also benefit 
the children of the 
Pfister, Dozier, and 
O'Bryan families. 
We have every 
reason to believe 
that our fallen 
brothers would 
have wanted their 
children to pursue 
the diploma as they 
once did. SigEpVets 
will do everything 
possible to create 
and support that 
opportunity for 
these special kids. 
In 2008, several 
members of 
SigEpVets raised 
funds to augment 
the McCloud family's 
participation in the 
Snowball Express. 
That year, the Snow- 
ball Express flew 
over 1,000 children 
of our nation's fallen 
heroes into Southern 
California for some 
fun. The chari- 
table organization 
provided entertain- 
ment and took the 
kids to amusement 
parks over several 
days. SigEpVets 
raised additional 
funds and made 
the vacation a little 
longer for Hayden, 

Grace and Meghan 
McCloud. They 
added a trip to Lego- 
land and additional 
days at Disneyland 
to their activities. 
SigEpVets will 
continue to honor 
the legacies left 
behind by our fallen 
brothers and look 
forward to partici- 
pating in more fun 
vacations as all of 
these children grow 

SigEpVets will 
continue to lead 
efforts in recogniz- 
ing the service 
and sacrifice of 
our brothers at 
Conclaves and 
Carlson Leadership 
Academies. If you 
wish to support 
our efforts and 
put more military 
brothers in contact 
with us, please visit 
www. SigEpVets. 
com or search 
for the SigEpVets 
community page 
on Facebook. We 
hope to make the 
SigEpVets gathering 
at the 2013 Conclave 
in Dallas the largest 
and best ever. 

Note: Villacorte 
earned the Doud- 
Clayton Award at the 
2009 Grand Chapter 
Conclave given to 
honor outstanding 
acts of brotherly love 
and was recognized 
as a Distinguished 
Alumnus in 2012. 

In his own words 

Ted Gardner, Oregon State '47, now 91 years old, explains 
why he got involved in the Veteran's History Project to help 
preserve the stories and memories of his fellow servicemen, 
World War II soldiers, before they leave us. To see Brother 
Gardner's interview about his World War II experience, go to and search for Gardner. 

As a schoolboy 80 years 
ago, my elementary 
history teacher lit a 
fire under me about our 
nation's rich heritage. I 
became enthralled by literature of writ- 
ers both domestic and foreign. Mother, 
who was a Daughter of the American 
Revolution and a member of the Native 
Sons and Daughters of the Oregon 
Territory, added more light to the fire. 
Dad was a "sod-buster" from Nebraska 
and was steeped in the history of that 
territory and state. 

Dad's brother fought in France 
1917-1918 as a combat engineer. He kept 
a record of his experiences in WWI. 
Through the years I was a good audi- 
ence, which pleased him. He was close 
to General Black Jack Pershing. 

Time passed, I joined SigEp, and I 
became concerned that during the years 
between WWI and WWII, the actual 
personal veterans' remembrances were 
not recorded or had been lost. Sixteen 
and a half million Americans served 
in the armed forces. Millions of these 
did not keep a written record and the 
years passed, veterans aged and died. 
That great institution, the Library of 
Congress, developed a plan to save these 
personal stories of bravery, sacrifice and 

The Library of Congress offered a 
plan called the Oral History Project. 
This has been working for a number of 
years, but the rapid decline in numbers 
of veterans urged stepping up the pace 
of serious action. 

The plan was offered to the public 
libraries around the country to 
implement it. Schools and veteran's 
organizations were encouraged to 
participate. Here's where SigEp can 
lead the way in the fraternity world. 
Volunteer interviewers have conducted 
interviews through a simple, yet effec- 
tive 30-minute or preferably 60-minute 
video biography. The DVD is then 
provided by the public library to the 
veteran to keep. A copy of the same is 
kept in the library's archives and in the 
Library of Congress archives, available 
to the public forever. 

SigEp can be an effective participant 
in this program and all chapters can 
be leaders in the collegiate world. As a 
WWII Navy vet, I've conducted a little 
over 200 interviews at the Cincinnati 
Public Library, and I urge all SigEps 
to get involved and for those SigEp 
brothers who served in WWII to be 
interviewed! Please visit the Veterans 
History Project through the Library of 
Congress website at http://www.loc. 
gov/vets/ or your public library. 

On June 12, 2012, First 
Lieutenant Matthew D. Willey, 
Iowa '02, right, was awarded 
the Air Force Commendation 
Medal with Valor for actions in Afghanistan. 
Serving as an Army battalion air liaison 
officer, he called in dangerously close air 
strikes on an enemy attack and took deliberate 
actions to safeguard friendly forces. Willey 
coordinated strafing and bombing runs while 
also defending his position with his rifle and 
hand grenades. 


Colonel Gary Hall 

Silver Star-decorated SigEp drew enemy fire 
away from his comrades 

By ERIN MULLALLY, Michigan State '99 

Gary Hall, Montana '64, is one of Sigma Phi 
Epsilon's most distinguished veterans. He is a 
recipient of the Silver Star, one of our country's 
highest decorations, which was awarded to him 
during his tour in Vietnam. 

As an incoming freshman at the University of 
Montana in 1960, Brother Hall's hometown friend 
Jack Martin, Montana '61, encouraged him to 
join SigEp. 

"The chapter had a great balance. We had 
athletes, serious academics and student govern- 
ment leaders," explained Hall. "I remember being 
particularly impressed that the chapter boasted 
a Rhodes Scholar among its membership, John 
Carlson, Montana '61, and had also invited a 
visiting Fulbright Scholar from Italy to live in the 
chapter house." 

Brother Hall also joined the Air Force ROTC 
while on campus. Shortly after his graduation, 
he completed flight training for the F100 jet 

fighter and was assigned to a one-year combat 
tour in Vietnam. 

During the first six months of his tour, Hall flew 
over 100 combat missions in the F100 and was 
awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in recogni- 
tion of his efforts. For the second half of his tour, 
Hall was selected to become an airborne forward air 
controller (FAC). 

As an FAC, Hall flew the OlE Bird Dog plane to help 
coordinate fighter airstrikes supporting American 
ground troops. "I would normally fly around 
1,000-1,500 feet and was in constant radio contact 
with on-the-ground army units. Once we clearly 
established our locations, I would mark 'target areas' 
by firing a white smoke rocket to show our fighters 
where to drop their bombs," Hall explained. 

On November 16, 1967, Hall was flying as an FAC 
supporting the 9th Infantry Division as they oper- 
ated in the Mekong Delta near Saigon. Suddenly, Hall 
received an urgent radio call saying that an American 

Gary Hall in Vietnam with his trusty "Bird Dog" FAC aircraft. 

30 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 


Sigma Phi Epsilon and War 

"I feel that 

over my 
that day, 
as I did not 
receive a 
single hit." 


company was pinned down in a 
nearby canal by well-placed, heavy 
enemy fire. 

As the company was simply too 
close to the enemy to call in fighter 
support, Hall knew he had to act 
fast— so he immediately began to 
fly a series of low altitude passes, 
flying only 100-300 feet over the Viet 
Cong in order to try to draw their 
fire away from the pinned down 
American GIs. 

"It worked," he said, "The 
company commander radioed me 
that the Viet Cong were firing away 
at me, so I kept making more low 
altitude passes, yanking and bank- 
ing as hard as I could. I think I must 
have bent the throttle forward trying to get my Bird Dog 
to fly faster while I was buzzing the enemy, but our troops 
were able to withdraw out of their pinned down positions, 
and we subsequently brought in fighters to destroy those 
threatening gun emplacements." 

Later that same night, Hall was "scrambled" to fly FAC 
support for another American unit also under attack. 
Flying a Bird Dog at night was extremely challenging in 
its own right, with Hall and his fellow pilots being forced 
to use flares for illumination, trying to figure out which 
tracers were whose and making low altitude smoke rocket 

In total that day, Brother Hall flew over 10 hours 
in gritty combat conditions. "I feel that someone was 
certainly looking over my shoulder that day, as I did not 
receive a single hit," Hall reflected. Shortly after, he was 
awarded the Silver Star for his actions. 

"I don't feel that there was anything special about what 
I did. So many other people would have done something 
very similar," Hall humbly shared. 

Following his service in Vietnam, Brother Hall contin- 
ued a distinguished career in the United States Air Force 
before retiring as a Colonel. "I feel so fortunate as I flew 
various fighter aircraft throughout my 26-year career, 
was stationed at 13 different bases and spent 11 years 
overseas." Hall said. "England especially holds a special 
place in my heart as that is where I met my beautiful 
English wife, Penny." Gary and Penny live in Corvallis, 
Ore., have two children, Melissa and Chris, and are the 
proud grandparents of five. 

Vietnam War 

The Vietnam War was a disaster for frater- 
nities nationwide. The war was undeclared, 
and it didn't enjoy broad public support. 
Students considered Vietnam to be an 
establishment war. The establishment was 
what the students of the late 1960s-early 
1970s rebelled against. On some campuses, 
the membership in Greek organizations 
dropped by a factor of three. It was not 
cool to be Greek, so Greek organizations 
suffered greatly. It took intestinal forti- 
tude to belong to a Greek organization 
during the Vietnam War. SigEp built a 
new Headquarters on Chamberlayne Avenue in 
Richmond during this period. It represented the 
establishment, not the students (whether they 
belonged to a fraternity or not). Chapter member- 
ship plunged, not because of the draft (a minor 
factor), but because fraternities represented the 
establishment values. The more liberal schools were 
hit the hardest. There were chapters that existed 
out of the trunk of a member's car. Fortunately, as 
a result of the 1959 conclave, SigEp had developed 
a different leadership model from other fraterni- 
ties. SigEp devoted the money and manpower at 
the grass-roots level to keeping its chapters open. 
Brothers who fought in Vietnam fought bravely 
only to be vilified when they came home. Some of 
these members suffered from the effects of the war 
and rejection at home. Fraternity Headquarters 
staff showed a willingness to work with students 
who didn't necessarily align with the traditional 
values that many of the Fraternity alumni believed 
in. The Fraternity was 
bold in developing the 
leadership in young 
men, who in other 
times would have been 
considered not to have 
leadership potential. 
While the Vietnam War 
was a disaster for the 
fraternity system and 
the country, Sigma Phi 
Epsilon came out of the 
Vietnam War stronger 
and wiser. The Vietnam 
War proved to be the 
crucible that formed the 
Fraternity which came 
out on top 20 years later. 

^" "» l^n. i^H " ' 

Four SigEps 
decided to open 
their own chapter, 
Delta Mu Zeta 
(DMZ), less than 
10 miles from the 
Zone. This photo 
appeared in the 
September 1969 
Journal. Kneeling 
from left are 
E. B. Underbill, 
Kent State '56, 
and G.R.Ellis 
Jr., Westminster 
'67. Standing, 
from left: B. L. 
Jackson, Kansas 
'59, andL. E. 
Townley, Arkansas 
'65. They were 
with the Navy's 
Seabee battalion 
in Vietnam, sta- 
tioned at Camp 
Barnes, Dong Ha 
Forward Combat 

Fighter pilot Gary 
Hall receives a Silver 
Star during his tour 
of Vietnam. Read 
more on page 30. 


Reservist brothers balance college 
and military service 

m. * 

Lance Corporal Yoni Haim, 
South Florida '11, top, 
Sergeant Charles Wesley, 
Rhode Island '10, inset, 
and Corporal Steven Maire, 
Case Western Reserve '13, 
bottom, interrupted their 
studies to serve 
their country. 

By KEVIN LYNCH, Maryland-College Park '08 

As we continually hear news of the United States 
troops abroad, it is sobering to remember that 
many are our brothers, and some are called to 
active duty in the midst of their college careers. 

In order to 

r^^k find these 

soldiers, The 
Journal turned 
to Renato 
Pomona '91, one 
of the brothers 
behind the 
SigEpVets group 
on Facebook. 

i: : ,;; .\.^ v . ■ proved an impor- 

Jl . tant resource, 

connecting these 
men to veteran 
brothers and 
active duty men at home and abroad. 

The three brothers were Steven Maire, Case 
Western Reserve '13, Charles Wesley, Rhode 
Island '10, and Yoni Haim, South Florida '11, 
each reservists in the armed services. 

Maire originally intended to enter the mili- 
tary right out of high school in 2006. His mother 
convinced him to attend Case Western Reserve. 
After his first year, Maire decided to join the Ohio 
Sigma Chapter. That year he also enlisted in the 
Marine Corps as a reservist. He delayed his fall 
semester to attend recruit training and then did 
the same the following year for infantry school. 

College? Marines? Both. 

In his junior year, his unit was soon to be 
deployed to Afghanistan, and it quickly began 
preparing. He was deployed to Marja in Helmand 
Province. His unit was responsible for transporta- 
tion, so his primary hazard was roadside bombs, 
but he came back from his deployment safely. Maire 
reenrolled in school and is seeking a master's 
degree in applied mathematics. 

Maire said that his experience, "forced me to grow 
in different ways." Serving in the military gave him 
a different perspective on problems and issues he 
faces as a student. He said he was glad he ended up 
going to college at the behest of his mother. Maire 
noted that SigEp was one of the reasons he stayed 
with school despite his aspirations. 

On his deployment, Maire said that SigEp was, 
"something to look forward to," and his chapter 
was thrilled for him to come back. Maire believes, 
"Everyone thinking of a military career should 
consider joining the reserves." 

Support from SigEp 

Sergeant Charles Wesley enlisted in the Rhode 
Island Army National Guard immediately after enroll- 
ing in school. Wesley was plagued by medical issues, 
including a hernia, so he was forced to delay his train- 
ing in the reserves. He eventually completed his basic 
and occupation training and was then informed he 
would be deployed to Afghanistan in February 2011. 
He returned to school in May 2012. 

Wesley said that people going into the field should, 
"focus on the mission first, but keep in touch with the 
chapter and your friends; they are there to take care 
of you." Wesley said having his SigEp brothers gave 
him an important support network. "The chapter will 
be there for you when you get back," he said. 

Wesley said Villacorte and fellow SigEp reservist 
Ed Jones, Buffalo State '96, sent him care packages 
when he was in the field— an important reminder of 
the brotherhood he left behind. 

Lance Corporal Yoni Haim, had an incredibly quick 
transition to military life. He enlisted with the Marine 
Corps Reserve in his junior year and deployed to 
Afghanistan in the middle of the 2011 spring semester. 
He volunteered for the deployment because he knew 
this was the most flexible time in his life. 

He quickly went to his pre-deployment training, 
and deployed after about three weeks versus the 
normal five-month process. "I went from living in the 
fraternity house to living in Afghanistan a month 
later," Haim commented. He was a member of the 2nd 
maintenance battalion, motor transport. 

Haim said the military was a lot like fraternity life, 
so his adjustment was quick. He said, "Boot camp was 
a lot like a rush class— a major part was 'How do we 
bring this other recruit into the fold, up to par with the 
rest of the class?" 

Haim thinks the most important thing when consid- 
ering these life decisions is to, "Always do things for 
yourself; that is the way to live a happy life." He moved 
to Florida, where he is still serving in the reserves. 

These brothers were able to balance their educa- 
tion and their military aspirations. If military service 
is something you have desired, consider joining a 
military reserve to get the exposure and experience to 
make an educated career decision. 

32 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: 

Thirty years later, a SigEp recounts the 
meaning of healing 

By Rabbi ARNOLD E. RESNICOFF, Dartmouth '68 

Thirty years ago, on November 13, 1982, 
my closing prayer at the dedication of 
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial— "The 
Wall"— began with these words: 

"Almighty God, some 2,500 years ago 
the prophet Jeremiah cried out with words 
filled with pain and anguish; words of 
despair; words which might have come out 
of the mouths of our Vietnam veterans, 
struggling to reclaim their lives... until 
today. 'Why have we been smitten?' he 
asked, 'and then for us there was no heal- 
ing. We looked for peace but could find no 
good. We looked for a time of healing, and 
behold, we found terror." 

Today, the Wall is one of our nation's 
most beloved memorials. For many it is 
sacred space, holy ground. For me, it's the 
closest America has to the Western Wall 
in Jerusalem: a place for prayer or reflec- 
tion; for remembrance and for dreams. 

But for Jan Scruggs, the former Army 
corporal who first dreamed of this 
memorial, it was not easy to find support 
to remember a war that had divided 
our nation; it was not easy to remember 
veterans who had died, when we had 
never properly welcomed home those who 
had survived. 

When Scruggs gathered together a 
group of veterans to promote the idea— a 
group that soon included me— there was 
opposition at every step: no memorial 
unless it glorified the war; or no memo- 
rial unless it admitted the war was a 

For SigEp, balance is integral to 
vision, and somehow Scruggs balanced 
the competing visions of a memorial 
by making it a memorial to people: 
not a Vietnam 
War Memorial 
at all; instead, a 
Vietnam Veterans 

Built to heal a 
nation, the Wall 
would provide 
a place for all, 
regardless of feel- 
ings about the war, 
to come together 
to mourn our dead. 
And in so doing, 
to honor those 
who had survived 
as well: veterans 
who still bore the 
wounds— physical and emotional— of 
their service. 

The Wall did that, and more. By 
honoring our veterans, it allowed them to 
tell their stories, and allowed healing to 
begin. One veteran recalled how he had 
barely started college when a classmate 
asked him how he had lost his arm. When 
he told her he was wounded in Vietnam, 
her response was, "Serves you right." 
He never told anyone else he had been 
in Vietnam... until the day the Memorial 
was dedicated. 

Ultimately, what the Memorial 
accomplished was a vision shift for 
people like that classmate. Before the 
dedication, those who hated the war 
showed that hatred in their treatment 
of its veterans, so that our military 
personnel had to fight two wars: one 
overseas and one back home. Since 
the Wall's creation, most Americans 
carefully distinguish opposition to a war 
from support for our troops. 

I remember being in uniform in an 
airport during Desert Shield/Desert 
Storm— when yellow ribbons were 
displayed as symbols of support for our 
military personnel. A stranger came 
up to me, extended his hand, and said, 
"Welcome home." My first impulse was 
to tell him I had not served in DS/DS. 

Instead I grasped his hand and thanked 
him. I felt he was finally welcoming me 
home from Vietnam. 

The SigEp values of Virtue, Diligence 
and Brotherly Love were integral to the 
work Jan Scruggs did with his small 
"band of brothers" as we tried to build a 
unique wall: one that would keep no one 
out, but instead welcome all in. A wall to 
heal a nation: that thought was with me 
as I ended my prayer: 

"Help us, we pray, make this the 
beginning of the time of healing that we 
all seek.... Let this monument and this 
dedication forever remind us that we 
will come together to mourn our dead; 
we will come together to reach out to 
our wounded; we will come together to 
remember and honor our brave. Only 
then may we have the vision to dream our 
dreams again. Only then may we have 
the faith to pray our prayers again. Only 
then may we have the courage to march 
together again— to stand together again— 
and together to help make this the kind of 
country and the kind of world for which 
we pray." 

Arnold Resnicoff, Dartmouth '68, served 
in Beirut on October 23, 1983, the day of 
the Beirut barracks bombing, the first 
modern suicide attack against U.S. forces. 
Resnicoff's report of the attack, "Seeking 
God's Presence," was read in full by 
President Ronald Reagan as his keynote 
speech to "Baptist Fundamentalism '84," 
a conference led by the late Rev. Jerry 
Falwell. Search for Resnicoff and Beirut 
on YouTube to watch the speech. 


In the 

jungle, Clay 
Conner Jr., Duke 
'40, ran with the 
panicked zeal of 
a hunted animal. 
He sloshed 
through rice 
paddies, splashed 
across muddy 
drainage canals, 
and threaded 
his way through 
leaves the size 
and thickness of 
B-17 props. His 
lungs heaved. 

m ■ v 

f! 4: 

Clay Conner poses in uniform 
with his father. 

It was the morn- 
ing of March 15, 
1943. Clay Conner 
Jr. fell to his knees, 
hidden in chest-high 
cogon grass. He 
heard a vehicle and 
the crunch of more 
boots. Machine- 
gun fire chattered 
from the rifles 
of the Japanese 
soldiers, playing 
ominous percussion 
to his panting. His 
stomach lurched. He 
vomited. But to quit 
was to die. 

WWII prisoner eluded Bataan Death March; 
survived 34 months in jungle 


Clay Conner Jr. 
did not quit. Of the 
tens of thousands 
of SigEps through 
the decades, none 
has done what 
Conner did in World 
War II: Eluded the 
Bataan Death March 
and survived for 
34 months in the 
jungles of Luzon. 

"I have known 
no one like him," a 
friend, Jack Brown, 
said at Conner's 
memorial service 
in Indianapolis 
in 1983. 

Conner died at 
age 65. However, his 
story will live on 
this November when 
Penguin's Berkley 
Caliber publishes 
the book I wrote, 
Resolve: From the 
Jungles of WWII 
Bataan, the Epic 
Story of a Soldier, 
a Flag, and a 
Promise Kept. 

Only a few 
hundred U.S. 
soldiers chose to 
avoid capture by 
the Japanese when 
Bataan fell on April 
9, 1942; thousands 
would die in the 
subsequent Bataan 
Death March. Of 
those who avoided 
capture, like Conner, 
only a few dozen 

Conner left for the 
war as a 23-year-old 
Army Air Force 
officer, part of the 
27th Bombardment 
Group (Light). He 

returned a 27-year- 
old first lieutenant 
and was honorably 
discharged as a 

"He was an abso- 
lutely remarkable 
individual," said 
Wayne Sanford, 
former chairman 
of the Indiana 
Society's military 
history section. 
"Intensely coura- 
geous. Intelligent. 
Sensitive. He 
reminded me of 
a modern day 
Robin Hood." 

Conner was 
Indiana-born, New 
Jersey-reared, and 
Duke University- 
schooled, where 
his degree was in 

Conner joined 
the Sigma Phi 
Epsilon Fraternity 
and roomed with 
future Pro Football 
George McAfee. 
Ambitious to the 
core, he started an 
in-house laundry 
business to make 
spending money, 
and, as a sophomore, 
made the golf and 
cheerleading teams. 
With fraternity 
brother Bob Stivers, 
'40, he hatched an 
idea to also sell 
sandwiches at Duke 
Stadium on football 
Saturdays. The two 
pooled their profits 
to buy a car, whose 

deficiencies included 
a loose connection in 
the right headlight. 
On occasion, Stivers 
would drive while 
Conner lay on the 
fender to hold a wire 
in the headlight 
socket, at least once 
while wearing a 

Though never 
having camped 
before, Conner 
survived a jungle 
crawling with 
pythons, enemy 
soldiers, communist 
soldiers, even a few 

Americans who 
betrayed him. A 
number of things 
saved Conner in the 
jungle: a diligence 
to survive, inspira- 
tion from the New 
Testament and his 
willingness— in 
the spirit of one 
of SigEp's cardi- 
nal principles of 
brotherly love— to 
befriend two groups 
of people: Filipinos 
and pygmy Negritos. 
"I call them broth- 
ers," said Conner of 
the men who helped 
him survive. 

What also contrib- 
uted to his survival, 
said Sanford, was 
his humility. He 
needed help, sought 
it, and got it from 
the Filipinos and 
Negritos. "If he 
hadn't humbled 
himself," said 
Sanford, "he and his 
men never would 
have survived." 

When, in 
January 1945, 
Conner and five 
other Americans 
met up with a group 
of U.S. tankers on 

34 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 


a dusty road, they 
were surrounded 
by Filipinos and 
Negritos, one of 
whom was carry- 
ing a tattered 
American flag. 

In 1956, Conner 
was featured on 
the popular TV 
program, "This Is 
Your Life." (See 
YouTube clip 
NY3hNp.) Among 
the surprise guests 
on the show was 
his SigEp fraternity 
brother, Bob Stivers. 

Clay Conner, 
kneeling at 
left, was in this 
group of eight 
survivors who 
emerged from 
the jungles of 
Luzon. It appears 
he was fortunate 
to have shoes. 

"We have not 
had a show that 
has received any 
more wonderful 
comments than 
yours," host Ralph 
Edwards wrote 
Conner afterward. 
Clay received more 
than a hundred 
letters himself. "You 
make us proud to be 
Americans," wrote 
Warren Hull of 
Scarsdale, N.Y. 

And, today, he 
makes SigEps proud. 

Sigma Phi Epsilon and War 

The Global 
War on Terror 

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 
were fought by a volunteer military 
and National Guard troops. Previous 
wars relied on draftees. The volunteer 
soldier was better trained and better 
selected. The effect on fraternities as 
a whole and SigEp was different than 
in previous wars. The troops were not 
vilified nor did they represent a full 
cross-section of American society. 
Some chapters were not affected 
by these wars, because few of their 
members served. Other chapters were 
affected by the death and disfigure- 
ment (both physical and 
mental) of their brothers. The 
first Gulf War ended quickly, 
without a large loss of life or 
limb. The second Gulf war 
and Afghanistan have taken 
a far greater toll on the people 
who fought. The country will 
take years to recover from 
these wars. 

Journal photos from the Iraqi war. From top: Steve 
Oliver, Western Michigan '08, perused his Lifetime 
Responsibility of Brotherhood during training in 
California before deploying to Iraq (Winter 2006); 
Three SigEp majors in the 82nd Airborne Division 
atop a plane they captured at Al Taqaddum 
airfield. (Winter 2004); Paul Chabot, Cal-State San 
Bernardino '97, just before deploying to Iraq as a 
Naval intelligence officer (Fall 2008); Edmund Luzine Jr., Syracuse 
'86 in front of the remains of Saddam Hussein's yacht (Spring 
2005); Bart Newman, Georgia '99, kept a journal for his daughter 
while he was deployed. It became a book, Because of Baghdad. 
(Summer 2008). 


U.S. Army captain signed up 
after 9/11 and still serves 

David Kolinofsky, right, 
and a fellow soldier were 
getting pre-mission train- 
ing at Camp Swift Texas 
in late June 2012. They 
paused here in the middle of 
counter-improvised explo- 
sive device training. 

By MICHAEL SELBY, Eastern Michigan '02 

There are defining moments in each of our lives 
that determine our futures— moments that chart 
careers, impact the lives of those around us, and 
shape the course of the rest of our years. For U.S. 
Army Captain David Kolinofsky, North Texas '05, 
that moment has sent him 
across the globe to Iraq as 
an infantry platoon leader in 
2007 and soon to Afghanistan 
where he'll serve as a 
member of the Security Force 
Advisory Team (SFAT). It 
came on a day that arguably 
affected our country more 
than any other time since the 
Vietnam War— September 
11, 2001. 

As he looks back on that 
fateful day and its impact on 
his life, Kolinofsky sums it 
up with poignant simplicity: 
"In my mind, joining the 
Army was a no-brainer." 
At 16, Kolinofsky's 
parents enrolled him in the prestigious Wentworth 
Military Academy, a college preparatory and junior 
military college in Lexington, Mo. While there, he 
fell in love with the Army. "I saw young men and 
women in their teenage years learning and apply- 
ing leadership skills and also staying in the best 
shape of their lives," he said. He was also there 
to witness the attack on the World Trade Center. 
"9/11 happened my senior year in high school, 
and I watched as all my friends were being sent to 
war or preparing to deploy." Brother Kolinofsky 
contracted into a program where he was commis- 
sioned an officer in the Army following his college 
sophomore year at Wentworth. 

After graduating from Wentworth, Kolinofsky 
attended North Texas, majoring in criminal justice. 
Initially, he didn't plan to join Sigma Phi Epsilon. 
But his brother, John, was a SigEp and former 
chapter president of the Texas Beta Chapter. David 
found that SigEp embodied many of the same prin- 
ciples and philosophies as the Army— the powerful 
influence that had inspired him at Wentworth. 

Whether leading men in the armed forces or 
modeling the way for his brothers, Kolinofsky 
believes the same principles apply. "I would say that 
my education and Fraternity experience built my 
character and encompassed the ideals of sound mind 
and body. As a military officer, it is critical to focus 
on your academic studies because those skills have 
a direct effect on operational planning and soldier 
management in the field." 

The most important thing Kolinofsky took from 
his time as a chapter leader that finds significance in 
his daily life is a dedication to the concept of a sound 
mind in a sound body. He advises that, "Those life- 
long lessons can be learned from each brother and 
incorporated into whatever journey you are taking, 
whether it be in the Fraternity, business world or the 
military." Kolinofsky believes that your journey as 
a member of SigEp doesn't stop after graduation. He 
added, "With that mindset, you 
and those you lead will become 

In 2007, Kolinofsky deployed 
as an infantry platoon leader, 
part of the troop surge in Iraq. 
He conducted convoy security 
across the country and later in 
his deployment worked on the 
battalion staff. 

Brother Kolinofsky will once 
again answer the call to serve 
our country as he heads this fall 
to Afghanistan as part of the 
U.S. Army's SFAT. The SFAT 
was created as part of the 2014 
pull-out plan outlined by President Obama. SFATs are 
small teams designed to partner with their Afghan 
army and police counterparts in a training program. 
Through intense, hands-on training, the Afghans will 
learn to secure their country independently and allow 
American troops to return home. The SFAT mission 
has been identified as one of the top priorities for the 
U.S. Army. 

If Brother Kolinofsky and his fellow soldiers 
are successful, their service could prove a defin- 
ing moment in creating a stable government in 
Afghanistan. Assuredly, the lessons he is demonstrat- 
ing with his leadership and service to our nation also 
define SigEp. 

found that 
many of 
the same 
and philos- 
ophies as 
the Army. 

36 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 

The SigEp Patriots Project: 

Remembering those who serve 

By ED JONES, Buffalo State '96 

Many Americans and most 
of us know the legend of 
General Anthony Clement 
"NUTS!" McAuliffe, West 
Virginia '20, U.S. Army 
(Retired). The hero of Bastogne, a veteran 
of World War II and Korea, was referenced 
in the movie "Band of Brothers" and the 
namesake of a group of SigEp volunteers. 
However, have you heard about World 
War I Ace and founder of the Alabama 
Air National Guard James Armand 
Meissner, Cornell 1917? You probably 
want to know more about U.S. Navy 
World War II veterans Ensign Joseph 
Metcalf Hissem, Illinois '39, miss- 
ing in action at the Battle of Midway, 
and computer pioneer and inventor of 
the computer mouse Dr. Douglas Carl 
Engelbart, Oregon State '48. Did you 
know that Dartmouth brother James 
Vincent Forrestal, 1913, a World War 
I veteran, was the first U.S. Secretary 
of Defense? Before his chapter brother 
would write books read by millions, 
Theodor Seuss "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, 
Dartmouth '25, served as a Captain 
in the U.S. Army during World War II. 
Surely you would be inspired by John 
William "Bill" Rambo, Tennessee '59, 
U. S. Army Sergeant First Class, who was 
a prisoner of war for 19 months during the 
Korean War before bringing his leader- 
ship and character to the University of 

The SigEp Patriots Project (SPP) 
believes that every brother who raises 
his hand and takes the oath swearing to 
defend the nation, Constitution and our 
way of life should always be remembered. 
SPP serves to collect and archive the 
accomplishments of brothers of Sigma 
Phi Epsilon who patriotically serve in the 
U.S. military. We dedicate ourselves to 
celebrating and honoring their achieve- 
ments and preserving their memories. 

In the spring of 2001, 1 began the effort 
which became SPP by reaching out to 
SigEps serving in the U.S. military to 
foster support and camaraderie among 
that group of brothers. At the time, I was 
working at SUNY Binghamton as the 
director of wellness and fitness, and while 

I love all my broth- 
ers, I believe that, 
similar to brothers 
who are doctors, 
lawyers or CEOs, 
military brothers 
share experiences 
and lifestyles that 
cause them to have 
strong bonds. 

In the pre- 
Facebook world, 
connections were 
made by email, 
phone calls and 
The great work 
of Bryce Giesler, 
'82, a Navy 
veteran, must be 
acknowledged, for 
unbeknownst to 
me, he had begun 
a similar effort a 
few years earlier. 
After we learned 
of our mutual 
efforts, a partner- 
ship was formed to expand the holdings 
and effectiveness of the Project. 

Over the years, SPP has evolved 
beyond a group helping young or future 
military brothers, to also ensuring that 
SigEp Patriots of the past are never 
forgotten. The Department of Veterans 
Administration estimates the death rate 
of U.S. World War II veterans at 1,000 per 
day, and SPP works every day to learn 
about these and other brothers who serve 
or have served. With 25 known SigEp 
Patriots buried at Arlington National 
Cemetery, SPP has participated in rose 
ceremonies at gravesites of brothers 
there during Veterans Day, Founders 
Day, Memorial Day and the Wreaths 
Across America event. 

The Project receives news and pictures 
from brothers about things like promo- 
tions, transfers, deployments, marriages 
and births, and researches the lives of 
brothers who have passed away. As of 
press time, the SPP archive contained 
over 585 pages of word documents, 

eployed Brothers Rally at Camp Patriot in Kuwait: From left, Coast Guard Lieutenant Ian Marks, 
Sacramento State '90, Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Patrick Bryant, Christopher Newport '09, 
and Navy Lieutenant Commander Omar Sanchez, Jacksonville '01, met through the SigEp Patriots 
Project's Facebook page, SigEps Who Serve, and made time to show off their SigEp pride. 

"The nation which forgets its defenders 
will be itself forgotten." ~calv.ncool.dge 

hundreds of pictures, and a database of 
names and other information about more 
than 2,600 brothers who served during 
peacetime and all the wars since 1901. We 
share the inspirational service, accom- 
plishments and sacrifices of brother 
patriots in our weekly installment of 
"This Week in SigEp Patriot History" 
posted at 

SPP also assists chapters in document- 
ing and sharing the accomplishments and 
sacrifices of its military chapter brothers, 
as an inspiring facet of a chapter's legacy. 
SPP has been able to provide chapters 
with information obtained through corre- 
spondence, military networks, Veterans 
Affairs resources and websites. In addi- 
tion, the Project is assisting 32 brothers 
as SPP chapter points of contact, and we 
are always interested in partnering with 
additional brothers and chapters. 

To learn more about the SigEp Patriots 
Project and how you and/or your chapter 
can be involved, please contact me at 


Fraternity News 

Leveraging SigEp in your professional career 

By BRYCE GIESLER, Tennessee '82, and 

BEAUX CARRIERE, Charleston '10, Alumni and Volunteer Services Director 

College graduates can't count on find- 
ing a job anymore. Even a graduate 
degree does not guarantee a job as an 
increasing number of educated people 
find themselves under or unemployed. 
And recent alumni are not the only 
ones affected. SigEp alumni of all ages 
are finding that performance and 
company loyalty no longer guarantee 
job security. In a constricted, competi- 
tive job market, leveraging your 
network during a job search and in 
times of job stability is essential. 

With over 230,000 living brothers, 
SigEp has one of the strongest and 
most reliable networks to leverage 
as an alumnus or undergraduate. 
Dennis Kaps, 
Ohio State '03, 
is a recruit- 
j^^^ ing manager at 
^^^H Abercrombie & 

jl Fitch's corporate 

| headquarters. "I 
^r» see thousands of 

resumes. When 
DennisKaps I see SigEp on 

a resume I take notice because, as a 
SigEp, I know there is a high likeli- 
hood that this person has a set of 
values that will make them success- 
ful," he said. 

SigEps helping SigEps 

Recognizing the demand for professional 
networking among brothers, Eric Chan, 
Carnegie Mellon '98, introduced SigEp to 
the professional networking site Linkedln 
in 2007. Similar to Facebook and other 
social media sites, Linkedln allows users 
to develop a profile and make connections 
with other users. Linkedln's focus is on 
professional networking. A member's 
profile is his online resume, and the 
site enables users to make professional 
contacts and expand their network. 

With the assistance of Bryce Giesler, 
Tennessee '82, Eric grew an unoffi- 
cial SigEp Linkedln group from fewer 
than 100 members to more than 14,000 
over the past five years. This group 
is currently the second largest social 
fraternity-related group on Linkedln 
and consistently gets 20-30 requests for 
membership each day. 

SigEp members range from under- 
graduates to industry leaders. Group 
members join discussions on topics 
that include industry advice, employer 
connections and resume tips. A growing 
number of discussions have come from 
brothers who are either hiring or looking 
for job opportunities. 

A search for SigEps on Linkedln will 
produce more than 55,193 professional 
profiles listing membership in our 

Fraternity. Of these, over 14,000 have 
discovered the power of connecting 
through the Sigma Phi Epsilon (Official) 
Linkedln group. If you aren't in the group 
yet, you may want to sign up. 

Information is power 

Richard Podos, NYU '85, is CEO and 
President of Lance Capital, a commercial 
real estate and finance firm based in 
New York City. Podos is an active user of 
Linkedln and leverages the platform in 
the same manner as corporate recruiters 
like Kaps. By purchasing an advanced 
license, Podos is able to mine the wealth of 
data available through Linkedln profiles. 
Access to this information has led Podos 
on a crusade to connect SigEps in his city 
and industry. He has facilitated mentor 
relationships among alumni and under- 
graduates, helped qualified SigEps find 
jobs and supported regular networking 
events in New York. 

Podos' research has created a surge 
of excitement in New York and shown 
SigEps across the country the potential 
of Linkedln. SigEp brothers work in 
virtually every major corporation in the 
United States. At least 175 of these corpo- 
rations employ more than 10 SigEps, 
many of whom are in senior leadership 

Linked tm 

Major Corporate Employer Presence 

The following Linkedln data 

shows the top five major 

corporate employers of 

SigEps across five industries 

as of July 2012. Podos 

estimates that this data is 

significantly understated 

and leans towards younger 

alumni who have been the 

early adopters of Linkedln. 

To view the full list, visit 

Sigma Phi Epsilon (Official) 

on Linkedln. 

38 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 

"I see thousands 
of resumes. 
When I see 
SigEp on a 
resume I take 
notice because, 
as a SigEp, I 
know there is a 
high likelihood 
that this person 
has a set of 
values that will 
make them 

the SigEp 

Over the past 
five years, the 
group has grown 
to become the 
"official" Linkedln 
group for SigEps. 
~ dennis kaps Building upon 

volunteer efforts, 
SigEp staff have taken on responsibilities 
to support and expand the group. You'll 
start to see discussions with relevant 
stories from SigEp publications, ques- 
tions to spur conversation, and subgroups 
based on geography and industry. 

The additional support for the SigEp 
group is designed to foster the kind 
of growth we have seen Podos drive 
in New York. Whether you work in an 
urban or rural environment, in business 
or in medicine, SigEps are in your 
industry, maybe even your office. To 
begin leveraging your SigEp network, 
promoting metro networking events, 
or connecting with brothers in your 
field, join the conversation at Sigma Phi 
Epsilon (Official). You can find the group 
through a Linkedln search or at www. 

for using 

Richard Podos 




Fill out the whole profile. Consider it a resume on 
overdrive. Include a picture of yourself, SigEp roles 

• and accomplishments, and other interests. 

Connect with everyone you know. Start with 
SigEp connections, and include all professional 

Join as many groups and subgroups as possible. 
The more connections that you have, including 

• those you have by virtue of being in a group, the 
more information you can see and the more you will 
be seen by other Linkedln users. 

Join the conversation. Post relevant comments 
L in existing group discussions or start new 
^ # discussions. This creates more opportunities for 

you to make strong, professional connections. 

Learn to use advanced search. With it, you can 
search for SigEps in specific companies, industries, 
and metro areas. 

Law Student 



At the end of his first year at 
Columbia Law School, Matt 
Villar, New York '11, competed 
with law students across 
the country for prestigious 
summer associate positions. 
Looking for mentorship in the 
process, Villar leveraged the 
SigEp Linkedln community. 
He started by attending a 
networking breakfast for SigEp 
lawyers in New York. Villar also 
emailed 10 SigEp attorneys 
where he would be interview- 
ing and seven replied with 
advice. Four mentored and 
prepped him for the interview 
process. He received multiple 
offers and will be a 2013 
summer associate at Latham & 
Watkins in New York City. Villar 
finished his first year with 
honors and was recognized as 
a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. 


Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation 

We need more Zar Toolans 

By DOUGLAS D. SCHEIBE, Kansas State '87, Executive Director, Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation 

Foundation: How did SigEp change your life 
as an undergraduate? 

Toolan: I had no interest in joining a frater- 
nity based on the typical stereotypes. 
When I got to college, I realized there was 
something missing. We started the chap- 
ter at Columbia to fill a certain gap in our 
lives. We wanted to create something that 
would be a gathering place for successful 
individuals. What followed was an arena 
for "applied leadership" where we shared 
successes and failures from work in other 
student organizations to make our experi- 
ence the best it could be. SigEp allowed 
me to develop a complementary skill set 
as a chapter officer that continues to serve 
me well. 

Foundation: What programs did you attend 
and how did they affect you? 

Toolan: The Ruck Leadership Institute, 
Carlson Leadership Academy, Grand 
Chapter Conclave. 

Ruck allowed me the chance to interact 
with SigEp and campus leaders from 
across the country who inspired me to 
do more and to be more. I'm still close 
friends with several of the other SigEps 
who met that intense week and regularly 
make time to see them and their families. 
Ruck made me want to leave a legacy not 
just at my home chapter, but for SigEp 
as a whole. It inspired me to come to the 
SigEp staff as a regional director. 

Foundation: How is SigEp a part of your life 
as an alumnus? 

Toolan: I continue to be actively engaged 
with redefining and evolving our develop- 
ment programs nationally, including the 
next generation of the Balanced Man 
Program. I work locally with the Missouri 
Beta Chapter at Washington in St. Louis. 
I also facilitate and speak each year at the 
Ruck Leadership Institute. 

Many of my closest friends in St. Louis 
are SigEps. In the past month, I've gone 
to two weddings for SigEps I met while 
working for the Fraternity. There are 
eight other SigEps who work at Wells 
Fargo Advisors headquarters, and we 
not only collaborate but also socialize 
and volunteer with the local chapters and 
alumni groups. The Fraternity for me has 
transformed over time from "something 
you do" to "a value set for who you are." 

Zar Toolan is 
a unique name. 
Zar Toolan, 
Columbia '01, is a unique 
SigEp. You may say every- 
one is unique, but this 
brother is truly special. 

As you learn about 
all he has done for our 
Fraternity, consider that 
he has balanced it with a 
successful career, and is 
now a vice president and 
director, partnerships and 
business strategy at Wells 
Fargo Advisors. He is also 
a husband, father and 

We all have a connection 
to SigEp. I hope this story 
inspires you to give back in 
your own way. 

Foundation: What was your message at the 
2012 CLA and 2012 Ruck keynote? 

Toolan: "Finding your 'WHY' through 
balance." Life is not about the stuff you do 
or the boxes you check, but rather about 
who you are as a human being and how 
many lives you positively impact along 
the way. The Balanced Man should be 
embraced as a framework for life, not 
simply as a program you go through as an 
undergraduate. At its core, the Balanced 
Man represents for me a continuous ebb 
and flow of Knowledge, Fitness, Service, 
People, and Perspective. With all of those 
in their appropriate "orbits" in your life, 
you can't help but be successful and make 
a huge difference on the way we live, 
work, act, and experience life. 

Foundation: Why do you volunteer for 

Toolan: Volunteering for the Fraternity 
allows me to translate the lessons I've 
learned over the years to a new generation 
of SigEps. Hopefully those experiences 
will allow them to become better men and 
leave their chapters in even better shape. 

Foundation: Why do you give to the 

Toolan: I have received so much out of my 
many experiences with Foundation-spon- 
sored programs over the years, from the 
BMP to Ruck, CLA, and Conclave to the 
RD program. I feel it's my duty to continue 
to give back so that a new generation of 
SigEps can have an even better experi- 
ence with those programs and others. The 
life lessons I continue to gain are a direct 
corollary to my time as an undergraduate 
SigEp— time, talent, and treasure are 
vital to the success of any organization, 
and I give heavily of all three to SigEp 
because of what it has given me. 

Give to the Foundation 
and join Brother Toolan 
in inspiring the next 
generation of SigEps. 
Visit and 
click "Give." 

40 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 

Mammal researcher breaks ground in South America 

By JOSHUA HODNICHAK, Case Western Reserve '10 

Darin Croft, Iowa '93, has a really 
cool job. When approached about being 
interviewed for the Journal, Croft's first 
response was that he'd be happy to help. 
His second response: "The main chal- 
lenge will be working around my travel 
schedule." Croft worked in an interview 
between his visits to Dubai and Australia. 
He left for Chile a few weeks later. That's 
four continents in a little over a month. 

Croft grew up in Nebraska, and during 
the '93-'94 academic year, he traveled 
through Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, 
South Carolina and Florida as a regional 
director. The following year, Croft 
attended the University of Chicago where 
he earned both his master's and Ph.D. 
studying extinct South American hoofed 
mammals, specifically a group known as 
notoungulates. Croft now serves as an 
associate professor in the Department of 
Anatomy at the Case Western Reserve 
School of Medicine where he teaches 

During his studies at Chicago, Croft 
traveled abroad for the first time for his 
research. Croft's initial site was located 
in the Altiplano on the northern tip of 
Chile. He's been returning to that region 
and other parts of South America ever 
since to collect more fossils and further 
his research. Although his studies began 
with notoungulates, Croft has become an 
expert in most groups of South American 
mammals as well as the field of paleobiol- 
ogy, which is the study of how extinct 
animals lived. 

Croft is combin- 
ing his expertise 
in mammals and 
paleobiology to 
help further our 
understanding of 
ancient habitats 
in South America. 
This may sound 
like an esoteric 
aim, but such 
studies may aid 
modern conserva- 

In 2004, Croft was excavating the skull of a sheep-sized hoofed mammal called Trachytherus. "This turned out to be a very 
nice specimen," he said. The fossils at this Bolivian site called Salla are about 26-27 million years old. 

From left, Croft and two colleagues, Andre Wyss of 
California-Santa Barbara, and John Flynn of the American 
Museum of Natural History in New York are at a border 
crossing in the Andes between Chile and Argentina known 
as Paso de Agua Negra in 2007. They were searching for new 
fossil sites. 

tion efforts by providing clues about how 
animals alive today will react to chang- 
ing climates and habitats. Croft says one 
of his personal goals is to be considered 
among the premiere experts on South 
American mammals. To that end, he's 
working on a general-interest book based 
on his experiences that will tell the story 
of South America's strange mammals as 
illustrated by 18 
field sites through- 
out the continent. 
When he's not 
traveling all over 
the world for 
his research or 
personal travel, 
Croft and his wife 
live in Cleveland, 
Ohio. His wife is 
also an academic, 
and is one of the 
world's leading 

experts in liver pathology. Her travel 
frequently takes the two to conferences 
worldwide, such as their trip to Dubai 
earlier this year. Croft's flexible teaching 
schedule allows him to join his wife on 
many of these trips, since he can work on 
his research publications and book from 
anywhere he can plug in his laptop. 

Croft said one thing that helped him 
manage his research, teaching responsi- 
bilities, marriage and personal life was 
the Balanced Man Ideal. Croft discussed 
how, "The older you get, the easier it is 
to over-commit to specific parts of your 
life." It's this lesson and others that 
have allowed him to manage a lifestyle 
that regularly takes him to faraway 
destinations for both work and pleasure. 
Whether it's running a dig site in Chile, 
writing his book in Dubai or traveling 
personally in Australia, it's all in a day's 
work for Croft. 



Chilean native launches life and career in the U.S. 

By JOSHUA GUTIERREZ, Cal State-San Bernardino '09 

When asked how he's helped his company 
grow into a billion-dollar business in less 
than 10 years, Rod Martinez, Indiana of 
Pennsylvania '94, replied, "You need to 
have a passion for what you do and let it 
translate to the people around you." 

"There's no Passion 101 class," Martinez 
said, "Passion is enjoying what you're 
doing and using it as an instrument for 
change." Both his passion and leadership 
define yet another reason why SigEp is for 
balanced men across the world. 

Martinez called Santiago, Chile his 
home until the age of 16 when he was 
selected to join the highly-competitive 
American Field Service (AFS) as an 
exchange student to the United States. Out 
of every student in the country, he was one 
of only 12 accepted into the program. After 
a year, however, he had to return to Chile 
for high school graduation. 

Returning to the U.S. 

"I made some friends during my 
exchange program who not only encour- 
aged me to return to the U.S., but told me 
I could stay with them if I wanted to go 
to college in the states," Martinez said. 
"When I left Chile the second time, my 
parents told me no funds would be avail- 
able. If I felt strongly about this endeavor, 
I'd have to do it on my own." 

After returning to the states, Martinez 
had only 90 days to change his visa from 
visitor to student status. This meant he 
had to apply to a school, be accepted, 
and pay for it before he could change 
his status. He decided to go to IUP for 

Martinez became a United States citizen this year at a U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony at 
the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park. The family affair included, from left, sons Mateo, Lucas, Francisco and 
Gabriel, and wife, Renee. 

academic and financial reasons. 

"I was accepted into Penn State, but it 
was too expensive," Martinez continued. 
"I had to pay for my first year of college 
on my own." 

Because of his academic achievement, 
the International Student's Office helped 
Martinez obtain a scholarship for the 
next four years of schooling. It was then 
that he joined SigEp. 

Rod and Renee Martinez hiked by the Columbia River near 
the Oregon-Washington border this summer on their short 
annual trip without the kids. 

A culture of acceptance 

"When I was younger, I was an Eagle 
Scout, and I recognized many of the same 
ideals in SigEp," Martinez said. "I liked 
the concept of the Balanced Man; I liked 
what it represented." 

During his undergraduate experience, 
Martinez not only learned about brother- 
hood and friendship through the Fraternity, 
but also through his cultural experiences. 

"I never felt like I was looked at 
differently because of my culture," 
Martinez explained. "It says a lot about 
the Fraternity that I was able to follow its 
ideals and really grow." 

One of the other highlights Martinez 
experienced in SigEp was its focus on 
academics. Because he was focused on 
high academic achievement, Martinez was 
worried that joining the Fraternity would 
lower his grades. "The Fraternity always 

supported me in keeping my grades up," he 
said. He needed that focus with a major in 

Since then, Martinez has had a 
multitude of cultural experiences. After 
graduating, Martinez moved from being 
an application engineer in Pittsburgh to a 
product manager for Materion, a then-$55 
million material company. "This job has 
expanded my horizons," he continued, 
"I've seen and experienced so many 
different cultures." 

Balanced success 

In the 16 years since Martinez has been 
with Materion, he has been promoted 
several times and is now the vice 
president of a business unit that produces 
over $700 million in annual revenue. His 
success, however, is in other places. 

"I tell my kids, 'Well developed societ- 
ies forget about basic living. We forget 
about what's around us and how to live in 
the moment. Be aware of what's around 
you, live in the moment, and stand up for 
what you believe in, even if it's not the 
common agreement.'" 

His success is in his wife, his four kids, 
and his passion for his work. 

42 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 

A flood of brotherly love helps couple come home 

By MICHAEL MCDOWELL, Nevada-Reno '03 

On June 22, 2011, the Souris River in 
Minot, N. D., flooded the city to depths of 
up to 12 feet of water— the worst flood in 
that area in more than 40 years. Brother 
Andy Solsvig, North Dakota '00, and his 
wife, Dani, were among 10,000 residents 
evacuated from their homes. They first 
set foot back in their home more than 
two weeks later, only to find it completely 

"The floorboards were all buckled, and 
you could peel the walls down like they 
were drapes," recalled Dani. 

For the next few months, the Solsvigs 
found themselves homeless, staying 
with friends until mid-September when 
FEMA provided them with a 40-foot by 
12-foot trailer to live in. Needless to say, it 
couldn't compare to what they once called 
home. Things didn't change quickly 
as the cold weather closed in. Most of 
the winter in Minot saw a temperature 
between five and 15 degrees, getting as 
cold as 30 below zero. With the severe 
cold (and a long winter season), it would 
be months before construction on the 
home could even begin. 

In the meantime, unbeknownst to 
Andy and Dani, chapter brothers Cory 
Abrahamson, '97, and Mike Lee, '95, 
were rallying SigEp brothers to raise 
money to assist in the rebuild of the 
house. "I wanted to help Andy and 
Dani out, but when it comes to fixing a 
house, a small amount of money from me 
wasn't going to get them very far," said 
Abrahamson. "But if you get a group of 
guys and they all contributed, collectively 
we could make a difference." 

A secret assistance plan 

Abrahamson and Lee reached out 
to SigEp brothers by email, phone and 
Facebook to rally support. They even 
went as far as to have Solsvig temporarily 
removed from the alumni listserve so they 
could keep brothers informed without 
tipping him off. They would have consid- 
ered the fundraising effort a complete 
success if they had raised $1,000. However, 

Andy Solsvig and his wife, Dani, were extremely grateful for the help and support they received from chapter brothers to 
repair their home. To express their gratitude, they painted their front door red. 

they were able to raise more than $5,700 
donated by 57 individuals. 

The donation came as a complete 
surprise to the Solsvigs, and one that 
they will be eternally grateful for. In fact, 
they still get choked up just recounting 
the experience. 

"It didn't feel real. It was such a huge 
relief and a number of gifts came from 
people we didn't even know," said Andy. 
"I plan to pay this forward." 

SigEp support eases tough 

This experience was very difficult on 
the couple— testing their emotions, their 
patience and diligence. There were times 
that things felt hopeless and as though 
no progress was being made. There were 
times they felt utterly alone. But the 
support of SigEp brothers was a shining 
light in this otherwise dismal experience. 
Experiencing this kind of brotherly love 
first hand enhanced Dani's perspective 
on Sigma Phi Epsilon. 

of guys and they all 
contributed, collectively 
we could make a 
Qiiierence. ~cory abrahamson 

"I didn't really understand the cama- 
raderie and connection until then," said 
Dani. "It meant the world to us. It really 
made me understand what this Fraternity 
means to Andy." 

Dani proposed that they paint the new 
front door to their home red as a symbol 
of their gratitude. The Solsvigs have put 
countless hours into the reconstruction of 
their home and expect to move back in by 
fall 2012. 




Pastry chef achieves top 
national honor 

By KEVIN LYNCH, Maryland-College Park '08 

Sometimes you 
can easily identify 
what a student will 
become based on 
his activities at 
school— the guy 
who builds robots 
or rockets becomes 
an aerospace 
engineer, the guy 
who codes for fun 
becomes a game 
designer, and 
the guy who collects animal specimens 
becomes. . .a pastry chef? 

That puzzling case is Nathaniel Reid, 
Missouri-Columbia '02, who found his 
calling somewhere he did not expect, 
and was just named one of the top pastry 
chefs in the United States. 

Reid grew up in a house like many— his 
mother was an excellent cook, and the 
family gathered at meal times. At these 
family discussions, Reid had always 
expressed a passion for science, espe- 
cially biology. He learned to cook growing 
up, but it had never been more than a 
practical skill and a hobby. 

Change in plans 

After beginning his university studies 
in biology, Reid attended an internship at 
a state park, getting hands-on experience 
in his chosen profession, and he hated it. 
He had envisioned the job as more action- 
oriented, more crocodile hunter-esque, 
and found himself wanting for more. 
"I didn't want to just sit in a lab," Reid 
commented, "I want to be more active." 
At home for a winter break, he did what 
any of us would do in that situation: he 
asked his family for help. 

The family gathered, and they started 
discussing what Reid could do. He had 
never really wanted to do anything else, 
so the discussion continued. The answer 
came from his mother, who suggested 

Nathaniel Reid, top left, used a deft and highly-trained hand to craft the colorful macaroons 
and pastries pictured here. 

he try his hand at cooking. Reid had not 
thought of that as a career and was taken 
aback, but, "The rest of my family nodded 
in agreement," he said. 

From dishes to dessert 

Reid changed his major to hotel and 
restaurant management. He also quit 
working as a waiter and became a 
dishwasher, his first foray into the profes- 
sional kitchen. He worked his way up the 
ranks— to cold prep, fried food, pasta, 
and then fish. After the position of pastry 
chef became available, he badgered the 
head chef until he was given a chance. "I 
wouldn't take no for an answer," he said, 
and he hasn't looked back since. 

After graduat- 
ing, Reid attended 
Le Cordon Bleu in 
Paris. He had to 
learn French and 
attended both their 
pastry and culi- 
nary programs. He got a job as a personal 
chef to pay his way through school, but 
in the process found a friendly place and 
support in the foreign country. 

Reid noticed his passion was definitely 
in the pastry curricula. "I would be upset 
if I were running late for a pastry class," 
he said. He returned home and began an 
impressive resume: the Ritz Carlton in 
Las Vegas, Joel Robuchon Restaurant (a 
Michelin 3-star establishment), and the 
St. Regis Hotel. 

44 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 

Reid has been selected as a 
Competition Pastry Chef of the 
Year, took third in the International 
Pastry Grand Prix in Tokyo, and 
earned a Best Chocolate/Confection 
in the U.S.A. at the Pastryscoop. 
com Golden Scoop Awards. He 
works at Norman Love Confections 
and was just selected as one of the 
top 10 pastry chefs in America by 
Dessert Professionals magazine. 

A taste of balance 

Reid said his SigEp experience 
allowed him to pursue his career 
while keeping in mind balanced 
living. A pastry chef has to eat a lot 
of not-so-healthy foods, and Reid 
tries to run often to stay in shape, 
despite his busy schedule. Reid's 
SigEp brothers were surprised by 
his sudden change in career paths, 
but he said once they digested it (no 
pun intended), they were incredibly 

While he attended school in 
France, Reid applied for many 
scholarships, as he did not have 
the money to live abroad. He found 
it difficult as a student attending 
a school out of the country to find 
financial support. "I was lucky to 
be attending culinary school, so I 
didn't have to worry about feeding 
myself," he said. Reid hopes that he 
can use his success as a way to help 
younger students with a passion for 
the culinary arts by establishing 
a scholarship program. "I would 
love to help 
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Sportswriter shuns paycheck, pens book 

By TONY MEALE, Saint Louis '07 

It wasn't an easy 

choice, but it was 

one that I had to 

make. On June 

6, 2011— one day 

before my 26th 

birthday— I walked 

into my editor's 

office and submit- 
ted my resignation. 
You know the phrase, "Don't quit your 
day job"? Well, I quit my day job. 

What followed was a 12-month odyssey 
in which I wrote and published my first 
book— The Chosen Ones: The Team That 
Beat LeBron, which tells the untold story 
of the only Ohio prep basketball team to 
ever beat LeBron James. The team was 
St. Bernard Roger Bacon— a small school 
in Cincinnati— and the game was the 2002 
state final, which was played approxi- 
mately five weeks after LeBron, then a 
17-year-old junior, appeared on the cover 
of Sports Illustrated with the words, "The 
Chosen One." 

Roger Bacon's win has always been 
kind of personal to me. I am a Cincinnati 
native who attended one of Roger Bacon's 
rival schools and graduated in 2003— the 
same year as LeBron. I knew then how 
special the win was, but I knew it would 
be years before other people did, too. 

With the 10-year anniversary of the 
game approaching, I decided that the 
story of that team, dormant for a decade, 
needed to be told— so I set about telling 
it, applying the same virtue and diligence 
that I learned through SigEp. I inter- 
viewed more than 50 people for the book, 
which took eight months to write and 
four months to publish. I also founded 
Press Box Publishing LLC, and intend to 
specialize in sports books. 

'You learn a lot about 
yourself when you walk 
away from your paycheck 
to pursue a dream." -tonymeale 

Starting my own publishing company 
really taught me to think like a business- 
man. There were times when I didn't 
know what I was doing, but I had to learn 
on the fly and do it anyway. 

You learn a lot about yourself when you 
walk away from your paycheck to pursue 
a dream. 

The 372-page book was published June 
10, 2012— less than two weeks before 
LeBron led the Miami Heat to the NBA 
title— and has received attention from 
writers at ESPN, SLAM and MaxPreps, 
among others. It has been described as 
"Hoosiers meets Remember the Titans" 

QYou can visit www. 
for more information. 




Former Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz proud to be a SigEp 

By MAC TAMBLYN, Kansas '14 

Since April, SigEps have been able to claim 
one of the world's foremost boxers as a 
brother. You may have seen the SigEp logo 
on boxer Victor Ortiz's trunks during 
highlights of his bout with Josesito Lopez. 
That's because Ortiz, the 25-year-old 
former WBC Welterweight Champion, is a 
recently initiated Renaissance Brother. 

In April, Ortiz was initiated to the 
Kansas Gamma Chapter of SigEp at 
Kansas. Brothers describe him using 
words like "passionate," "honest," 
"outspoken," and "driven." Ortiz enjoyed 
the initiation experience. 

"It was awesome," Ortiz said. "I didn't 
know what to expect, but all of my brothers 
coached me through it really well. I'm used 
to being coached so I think I did it really 
well, and here I am today." 

Ortiz's road to SigEp brotherhood is far 
longer than the traditional recruitment 
process. After growing up predominantly 
in Garden City, Kan. foster homes, Ortiz 
became involved in Big Brothers, Big 
Sisters. His introduction to boxing came 
through this program. 

In high school, one of his closest friends 
was Adam Price, '10, football standout 
and soon-to-be SigEp at Kansas. During a 
2004 recruiting visit to Garden City, former 
Chapter Counselor Mark Allen, Kansas 
Renaissance, met Ortiz while recruit- 
ing future brothers Price and Michael 
Proudfit, '10. 

As years went by, Ortiz became a 
familiar face at Kansas Gamma. Despite 
moving to Ventura, Calif., to advance his 
boxing career, he made a point to stop by 
the chapter house when he returned to 
Kansas. During the '08-'09 school year, 
he would often stay in the presidential 
suite, where Price resided. After meeting 
and befriending many SigEps, in addition 
to more of his close Garden City friends 
moving to Lawrence, Ortiz's KU and SigEp 
roots deepened. 

Finally, in April, Ortiz made the 
unofficial official by joining the SigEp 
brotherhood. For Brothers Allen and Price, 

J didn't know what to expect, 
but all of my brothers coached 
me through it really well. 1 


who regard Ortiz as a "son" and brother, 
respectively, it was a momentous occasion. 

"I could not be more proud," Allen 
said. "Vic's passion for being the best at 
everything he takes on and his ability to 
understand how to achieve balance between 
career, college and community work, makes 
him the perfect Balanced Man." 

Victor Ortiz, Kansas Renaissance, was initiated this year. 
Above, he fought Josesito Lopez on June 23, 2012. The bout 
aired on ESPN, with Ortiz sporting the SigEp logo on his 
boxing shorts. Unfortunately our man lost the fight after 
suffering a broken jaw. Despite his busy schedule, Ortiz 
gets back to Kansas whenever he can, top and left, shaking 
hands with Mac Tamblyn, '14. 

46 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 

Three Rutgers alumni inspired by a fallen brother to collaborate on 
pediatric cancer research 

By TYLER MANOUKIAN, Massachusetts '13 

Sean Hanna was born a big, healthy baby 
with brown eyes on July 30, 1986. He lived 
a healthy life until the age of 7, when he 
was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkins 
Lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. 

He loved action sports, playing the 
piano, drawing and singing in choir. 
Hanna graduated with honors in high 
school and studied broadcast journalism 
at Rutgers, where he was a member of 
the New Jersey Beta Chapter until graft 
versus host disease - an illness caused 
when cells from a donated stem cell graft 
attack the normal tissue of the transplant 
patient - took his life on April 28, 2007. 

Lou Awad, Rutgers '08, joined the 
Fraternity with Hanna in spring 2005 and 
the two became very close. He remem- 
bers a trip to Philadelphia with Sean and 
other brothers when the group decided 
to climb the famous 'Rocky Steps' at the 
Museum of Art in Philadelphia. 

Living large 

"We decided to race up the Rocky 
Steps, and Sean was one of the first 
to go," said Awad, the balanced man 
steward and resident scholar at Delaware 
Alpha. "As I watched him run up the 
steps like they were nothing, I remember 
thinking, 'Wow, what a warrior!'" 

But when Hanna's condition worsened, 
Awad had to break the news to his chap- 
ter. "I remember the silence and shock 
that immediately took over the room. 
Everything seemed to fall away as we were 
forced to face this reality," said Awad. 

Hanna's fight against cancer lasted 
13 years, much longer than anyone 
expected. He got excellent treatment for 
his condition, and he was courageous. He 
cared so deeply for others that one year 
he dressed up as a Christmas tree for his 
high school choir class and went room-to- 
room singing Christmas carols. 

"He hopped from room to room to 
sing and make people laugh, said Linda 
Hanna, Sean's mother. "Then he decided 
he wanted to be lit up, so he bounced his 
way to an outlet and plugged himself in. 
He really understood the meaning of life." 

Below, right, Jessie Hanna and his younger brother, Sean, 
who passed away at age 20. Above, SigEp brothers partici- 
pate in the first Sean Hanna Foundation 5K Run in 2008. 
Louis Awad, above right, and fellow SigEps, Jessie Hanna 
and Boris Paskhover conducted research on the underf und- 
ing of pediatric cancer efforts. 

Jessie Hanna, Rutgers '06, Sean's 
older brother and former chapter 
president, worked with Awad first at the 
Rutgers recreation department, and then 
at a local hospital. 

"After the passing of my brother, I was 
determined to lift up families suffering 
with the financial, social, and psychologi- 
cal burdens of cancer treatment. I created 
The Sean Hanna Foundation, entered 
medical school, and performed research 
in the fields of pediatric oncology and 
cancer immunology," said Jessie Hanna, 
third-year medical student at Rutgers 
University Medical School. 

Research opportunity 

Hanna approached Awad about a 
research opportunity. "I thought, what 
better way to help those like Sean than 
to rally folks in the scientific and medi- 
cal communities around this cause," 
said Awad. 

Hanna and Awad wrote the article 
with Boris Paskhover, Rutgers '07, a 
first-year surgical resident at Yale-New 
Haven hospital. The authors met as 
undergraduates at Rutgers and became 
close. Paskhover and Awad were room- 
mates for a year. Paskhover was also 
Sean's Fraternity "big brother." 

"The Second-Class Disease: Pediatric 
Cancer," discusses the fatal impact that 
underfunded pediatric cancer is having 
on people age 20 or younger. The number 
of diagnoses and mortality rates climb 

"A man with 
dares to 
die; a man 
with inner 
dares to 

liVe." -LAOTZU 

as the patient gets older because it 
affects multiple systems years after 
initial treatment. Gregory Reaman, M.D., 
chair of the Children's Oncology Group 
said, "Each day that pediatric cancer 
research goes under-funded, the road to 
discovering new treatments and cures 
becomes longer, and more children are 
put at risk." 

"A need exists for fundraising for 
relief organizations like the Sean Hanna 
Foundation, which attempts to ease the 
burdens such horrible circumstances 
place on these children and their fami- 
lies," said Awad. 

Jessie Hanna has donated his time and 
energy towards the disease that claimed 
his brother's life. In short, Sean Hanna 
inspired Jessie Hanna to become the man 
he is today. 

"I can't imagine myself doing anything 
else. Sean taught me and so many others 
about the meaning of life and the precious 
gift that each day brings." 

"I learned so much from my younger 
brother, and now with Sean living 
through me and my work, I strive relent- 
lessly every day to find a cure and end 
the suffering forever." 

For information on Pediatric Cancer and the Sean Hanna Foundation, please visit 


In Memoriam 

The following is a partial 
listing of SigEps by state 
of the member's home 
chapter who have passed 
away in recent months. 

Names in red are 
national volunteers or 
those who have received 
national recognition for 
their service such as the 
Order of the Golden Heart, 
Volunteer of the Year, 
Distinguished Alumnus 
or Citation. 

It is our chance to 
remember those brothers 
who, through their death, 
have reminded us that life 
is transitory. 

To inform the 
Fraternity of the 
death of a member, 
email the obituary to 
net or send to: 
In Memoriam, 
Sigma Phi Epsilon, 
310 South Boulevard, 
Richmond, Va. 23220. 

You can now read and 
submit obituaries and 
remembrances of SigEp 
brothers on the website 

Correction: The Spring 
2012 issue should have 
listed the class year of 
Alexander J. Taylor III, 
Delaware as '62. The 
Journal regrets the error. 


Donald C. Jennings 

Auburn '43 

Alfred J. Saliba 

Alabama '52 


Dennis D. Jenson 

Arizona '65 


Henry S. Giron 

CSU-Sacramento '11 

John M. Gallo 

San Diego State '62 

Fred U. Hammett Jr. 

San Diego State '64 

Hank Moonjean 

Southern California '52 
(Citation recipient) 

Glen C. Ware 

Southern California '50 


William K. Atkins 

Denver '52 

Dean A. Olsen 

Colorado '51 

Joseph J. Rebeck 

Colorado School of 
Mines '53 

John H. Turner 

Colorado School of 
Mines '57 

Dennis L. 

Northern Colorado '62 

John B. Webster Jr. 

Northern Colorado '55 


Warren V. 
VanArsdalen Jr. 

Delaware '53 


Robert J. Hofbauer 

Monmouth '50 

Harold A. Poling 

Monmouth '49 
(Citation recipient 
and Foundation Life 

David S. Rickards 

Bradley '66 


Dean Duncan 

Indiana State '52 
(Order of the Golden 
Heart recipient) 

Carter H. Floyd 

Indiana State '86 

R. Edward Steele 

Purdue '59 

Gregory J. Swartz 

Evansville '87 

Brother Anthony Clement "Nuts!" McAuliffe, West Virginia '20, was a four-star general and decorated war hero. His grave- 
stone, unusually plain for a general, is on the crest of a hill at Arlington National Cemetery and reflects his commitment to 
being a soldier's Soldier. 


Roger 0. Doyle 

Wichita State '62 

R. Glenn Elliott 

Kansas '41 

Henry H. Hall 

Wichita State '61 (past 
Headquarters staff) 

David F. 

Kansas State '51 


Evan P. Draper 

Northern Kentucky '12 

Arthur T. Heitlauf 

Louisville '50 

Alan H. Raidt 

Murray State 73 


Paul D. Norman 

Maryland-Baltimore '94 


Edmund T. Bennett 

Massachusetts '54 

Roy Fogelgren, 

Massachusetts '54 

Robert A. Huff 

Boston University '52 

Jerald E. Toogood 

Boston University '48 


John D. Breslin 

Michigan State '66 

Kurt D. Isotalo 

Ferris State '05 

James E. Olsen 

Central Michigan '60 


Jonathan V. Boling 

Mississippi '01 

Jason S. King 

Mississippi '94 


Todd A. Baker 

Missouri State '87 

Edward L. Cohn 

Culver Stockton '61 

David J. Davis 


Charles W. 

Missouri-Columbia '49 

G. Hugh Overstreet 

Southeast Missouri 
State '67 

Andrew M. Thurn 

Central Missouri '98 


Gary J. Vicker 

Nebraska-Omaha '57 

New York 

Bruce Kirk 

Cornell '56 

Donald H. Litzelman 

SUNY-Geneseo '82 

Edward N. 
Stevensen Jr. 

Rensselaer '42 

Peter S. Taft 

Buffalo State '03 

North Carolina 

Charles L. Helms 

North Carolina 
State '56 

Paul E. Lutz 

Lenoir-Rhyne '56 

Carey B. Scovel 



Richard H. Allyn 

Miami (Ohio) '53 

John J. Fesenmeier 

Cincinnati '59 

Delwin N. Ketterman 
Toledo '59 

Sean A. Riznikove 

Ohio Northern '93 

Alvin L. Tripp 

Ohio Wesleyan '49 


Charles F. Harrison 

Oklahoma State '49 

George D. 
Ormiston III 

Oklahoma State '60 


Richard E. Charters 

Oregon State '42 


Kenneth C. Brooks 

Pennsylvania State '49 

Rudolph R. Draudin 

Muhlenberg '51 

Charles F. Felton 

Bucknell '55 


Micah T. McNeer 

Memphis '02 

David L. Williams 

Memphis '76 


Jackson Chaney 
(formerly Douglas J. 

Texas Tech '77 

Daniel M. Christoffel 

Houston '84 

William K. Foster 

Texas-Austin '54 

Lanny M. Jackson 

Angelo State '84 

Blake T. Miles 

Texas-Austin '71 


Richard D. Crump 

Utah State '92 


Charles V. Masick 

Vermont '64 


Edmund B. Gibson 

Richmond '58 

Edward L. McCarty Jr. 

Virginia Tech '03 

Stillman F. Westbrook 

Randolph-Macon '71 

West Virginia 

Robert F.Wildpret 

West Virginia Tech '68 


Malcolm G. Bishop 

Lawrence '36 

James B. Fruit 

Carroll '51 


Tomarken Smith 

Northwest Missouri 
State '13 

48 SIGEP JOURNAL Fall 2012 

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